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 purchase a small piece of land that links the east and west portions of the Burlington Northern rail line that runs through Lacey. The City of Lacey will acquire approximately 3.16 miles through railbanking. This project will acquire the .3 mile gap between the railbanked segments. If this project is successful and the land can be purchased at this time, a complete 3.16-mile section of rail corridor will be preserved for trail use. The corridor runs through the heart of Lacey’s core business district. It provides connections between the business district, residential neighborhoods, a variety of City parks, the Community Center, the Senior Center, and Long Lake. Lacey currently lacks adequate trail options for pedestrians, roller bladers, joggers, and recreational bicyclists. The trail promises to be a popular facility since it provides views of Mt. Rainier, historic buildings and forests, and provides access to wetlands, lakes, and streams. The corridor is part of a regional trail network that connects the Thurston County communities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, and Bucoda. It will provide an east-west connection to the north-south Chehalis Western trail and a westerly connection with Olympia’s Woodland Trail. Once the trail is developed, users will have access to Weyerhaeuser forest properties, the State Capitol, Olympia’s downtown, Watershed Park, and Woodard Bay.