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 Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department will use this grant to build a 1.06-mile trail in northwest Olympia, from Harrison Avenue to Kaiser Road through Grass Lake Nature Park. Development also will include a 400-foot boardwalk, trailhead, two kiosks, interpretive signs, and habitat enhancement. As part of this project, the City will build the first of Olympia’s premier nature parks for passive recreation that is entirely accessible to people with disabilities. Development includes building a Capitol-to-Capitol Trail segment and building a wetland boardwalk to provide access to 107 acres currently inaccessible from the trail network. Other improvements include creating a connection from Grass Lake Nature Park to Yauger Community Park, restoring habitat, and connecting nearby neighborhoods to the trail system. Olympia will contribute more than $1.6 million.