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 & 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.