Grass Lake Nature Park Trail Development

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 Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department will use this grant to build a mile-long trail through Grass Lake Nature Park, from Harrison Avenue to Kaiser Road, in northwest Olympia. The City will build a 350-foot boardwalk and a trailhead, install two information kiosks and interpretive signs, and enhance the wildlife habitat. The trail will be for non-motorized uses. The work will build the first public access for people with disabilities to one of Olympia’s premier open space parks as well as construct a significant segment of the Capitol-to-Capitol Trail. In addition, the trail will provide a trail link from Grass Lake Nature Park to Yauger Community Park and connect adjoining residential neighborhoods to the trail system. Letters of support have been received from 29 community organizations, businesses, and neighborhood residents. Olympia will contribute more than $1.6 million.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Olympia Parks, Arts & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 1630371 Project Type: Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1383

Location Details

Currently, the easiest access to the worksite is via an existing sanitary sewer access corridor. The access point is located on the north side of Harrison Blvd., approximately 1,400 feet (slightly more than 1/4 mile) west of the intersection of Harrison Blvd. and Cooper Point. Rd. It is convenient to park in the shopping center parking lot located on the nortwest corner of this intersection and walk along the sidewalk along the north side of Harrison Blvd. to its intersection with the existing sewer line corridor access point.

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.