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.
King County Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division will use this grant to build about one-third mile of the Lake to Sound Trail, which runs along Des Moines Memorial Drive. The new segment will be a 12-foot-wide, paved, path with 2-foot-wide gravel shoulders for non-motorized use. The County will install curbs, gutters, and retaining walls, as well as pedestrian and traffic signal improvements and pavement markings at two road crossings. The trail segment is a missing link and will connect a previously constructed segment to the existing Des Moines Creek Trail, which is the western end of the Lake to Sound Trail corridor. Once complete, the Lake to Sound Trail will run 16 miles from the south end of Lake Washington to Puget Sound, linking the cities of Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines and connecting to four regional trails. King County will contribute more than $1 million in a voter-approved levy and donations of cash.