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 King County Parks and Recreation Division will use this grant to complete site preparations and pave a 1.65 miles of the 11-mile East Lake Sammamish Trail, which runs along an abandoned railroad corridor on the east side of Lake Sammamish. The new segment runs from Southeast 33rd Street to just past the intersection with East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane Southeast in the city of Sammamish. The trail will be 12 feet wide and paved, with 2-foot-wide gravel shoulders on each side. The County also will improve drainage and install a retaining wall, landscaping, fencing, and traffic controls. When eventually complete, the trail will connect the cities of Redmond, Sammamish, and Issaquah. The East Lake Sammamish Trail is part of a larger, 44-mile trail system extending from Puget Sound in Seattle to the Cascade foothills. Supporters of the project include the City of Redmond, Cascade Bicycle Club, Forterra, and Friends of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. King County will contribute nearly $14 million in a voter-approved levy and a private grant.