Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
The Port of Kennewick will use this grant to extend a meandering waterfront trail and restore Columbia River shoreline habitat on the northern bank of Clover Island, in Benton County. The Port will build a section of trail, creating a fully-accessible loop where the current urban trail ends. The Port also will restore damaged shoreline, plant the area between the trail’s edge and the water, and install trailside signs that discuss native plants and area birds, including the American white pelican, heron, egrets, and cormorants. The Port also will install safety lighting and benches. Located in Kennewick, the Riverwalk Trail connects users to other urban destinations, provides a well-lit waterfront path for early morning and evening workouts, and offers an oasis where bicyclists, skaters, runners, and walkers on the 22-mile looping Sacagawea Heritage Trail can stop for a meal, take a restroom break, and enjoy natural river shoreline, wildlife, and scenic views. The Port of Kennewick will contribute $768,253 in cash, a federal grant, and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.