State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to develop a 1.25-mile loop trail near Issaquah Creek in Lake Sammamish State Park. State Parks will put a bridge over Issaquah Creek and shorter bridges over two drainage ditches. The trail will be crushed rock, except where it crosses through wetlands, where it will be boardwalk. State Parks also will remove some trail sections that are too close to the creek, including one that washed out in February 2020. Lake Sammamish had more than 1.3 million visitors in 2019, making it one of the most visited state parks. Most visitors stay in the more heavily developed areas of the park and are unaware of the beautiful wetlands, streams, and forested areas the park offers. This trail will allow visitors to venture into the park’s natural areas on a short and easy loop trail that is accessible to people with disabilities. The trail also will link to other park trails to make larger loops. The State Parks and Recreation Commission will contribute $110,000 in donated cash.