The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to expand the Highpoint Trailhead in the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area. The department will create a formal entry roundabout, add 158 parking spaces, add a shuttle stop and a school bus loading zone, create a picnic area, and install a toilet and informational kiosks. In addition, the department will build connections to hiking trails and environmental education facilities within the conservation area and in Issaquah’s Tradition Plateau on the south side of Interstate 90, and to hiking and mountain biking trails in King County’s Grand Ridge Park on the north side of the interstate. The work will accommodate high use, improve public safety, and reduce unauthorized camping and dumping at the forest’s entry. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $400,000 in a state appropriation, staff labor, a grant from RCO’s Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program, and donations of labor and materials.