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.
The Lake to Sound Trail, Segment A opened to the public in February 2020. The completion of this 1.2-mile-long segment fills an essential missing link within the overall trail network, navigating natural and built environment barriers such as rivers and major railroad lines. Located in a conservation area along the Black River immediately upstream of its confluence with the Green River in an otherwise urban area, the setting is as exciting as it is challenging with floodways, archaeological sites, sensitive wildlife species, listed salmon use in the river, unstable soils, and more. Segment A skirts the border of the Black River Riparian Forest, crosses over the Black River via a new pedestrian bridge, under tow adjacent railroad lines, and continues to meet up with the Green River Trail north of Fort Dent Park. Trail users can catch glimpses of one of the largest heron rookeries in the region, learn about Native American communities that once resided along the nearby shores, or bike-commute to the connecting Green River and Interurban trails. The trail was constructed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities with a 12-foot-wide asphalt surface, 2-foot soft surface shoulders and 1-foot clear zones on each side of the trail. Other features constructed include retaining walls, a pedestrian bridge over the Black River, a HAWK signal across Monster Rd., improved drainage systems, culverts, bollards, fences, native restoration and mitigation landscaping, trail signage, public art, interpretive signage and waysides including benches and trash cans.