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 is to acquire 1.8 acres for a trailhead necessary for public access to the Milton portion of the Interurban Trail. This parcel sits at the edge of the city limits on our busiest road, State Route 161, also known as Enchanted Village Parkway and Meridian. By establishing the trailhead at this location, the trail will advertise itself. Additionally, it will provide parking for people spontaneously stopping at the Trail as well as for those with planned outings to the Trail. Current trail access is through local neighborhoods, which can cause unnecessary neighborhood congestion. This section of the old Puget Sound Electric Railway right of way provides incredible scenic vistas of the Fife Valley, several mountain ranges, and access to Sweetwater Creek. It will link to the surrounding communities of Edgewood and Fife, and will further the vision established over a decade ago to maintain open space linkages between Puget Sound communities. This trail, when complete, will be a critical link to some 36 miles of non-motorized sightseeing and recreation trail corridor that extends from Tacoma to Seattle. Integral to the preservation of the trail itself is the preservation of logical, accessible, public entry points such as this Trailhead.