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 city will use this grant to build improvements including a .15-mile trail connection composed of on-grade pathways and 330 lineal feet of boardwalks. The trail will benefit the community by providing greater connectivity and improved ADA accessibility within an existing trail system by providing the missing link which completes the 1.2-mile Lake Boren Loop and the 2.1-mile Cross Town Trail. This development project located in the heart of Newcastle’ Lake Boren Park, the city’s largest, most visited park and the crown jewel of its park system is primarily in an area of recently acquired land that expanded the park and is located within a wetland and stream complex at the lake’s southern edge. The trail will provide additional recreational opportunities including overlooks, birdwatching, fishing, picnicking, running, and walking. Passive outdoor recreation will be compatible with wetlands and buffers. Habitat restoration will include invasive species removal, native plantings, bird and bat boxes, and placement of large woody debris. Existing forested wetlands characterized by complex vegetative structure, a variety of hydroperiods, high habitat interspersion, and the presence of special habitat features including snags and large woody debriswill be protected and restored. The Lake Boren Wetland is a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Area, as it occurs adjacent to Boren Creek and Lake Boren, which both contain the priority species Coho Salmon and Cutthroat Trout.