Foothills National RecreationTrail Final Phase

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The remaining nearly 3 miles of the trail that links the towns of Buckley to South Prairie were constructed, including all engineering, permitting (NIPA, SEPA, HPA, NOAA and USFS). Construction included clearing and grading, construction of retaining walls, construction of 3,000 linear feet of pin pile bridges, construction of two small bridges over waterways, and the entire 12 ft by 2.3 miles corridor paved. The equestrian access trail was installed next to the paved trail. Site restoration included wetland plantings and site restoration, installation of plats, top soil, erosion control and hydro-seeding, . Safety and traffic control mitigation included adding bollards and access crossings.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County Parks & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $1,665,329.00 Applicant Match: $2,521,840.38 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 31 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1442

Location Details

To access the west of the project site, located east of the Town of South Prairie, take State Hwy 512 east from I-5 south of Tacoma. Follow Hwy 512 northeast until it intersects with State Hwy 167. Take Hwy 167 east to State Hwy 410. Follow Hwy 410 east to State Hwy 162. Head south on Hwy 162 through Orting to South Prairie. Immediately after the bridge over South Prairie Creek, turn south onto Cross Creek Ct. The west end of the project is located at the terminus of Cross Creek Ct.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.