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.
This project will acquire 225 acres of land, providing for five miles of trails, 22 acres of wetlands and two miles of streams. It will tie the existing 175 acre Hansville Greenway (IAC #96-115) and its four miles of trails to Hood Canal, Puget Sound and Point No Point Park (IAC #98-1030), realizing the vision described in the 1991 document prepared by the Hansville Community, “A Strategy for Preservation, Protection and Public Enjoyment of Open Space/Sensitive Areas.” The Hansville Community has been proactively working to preserve their special places, and to create a system of pedestrian trails providing access to those sites and throughout the community, as envisioned in that plan. The remaining lands required to complete the Greenway are the subject of this grant, and are under the ownership of a a large landowner with plans to develop in the area. The property owner has indicated a willingness to donate approximately 9,000 feet of trail easement as part of this acquisition. The Community has worked with the Trust for Public Lands to secure an option on this property on the County’s behalf.