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 City of Entiat will use this grant to fill the final gap in the city’s waterfront trail system by building a paved, multi-use trail that runs nearly a quarter-mile along the north side of Lakeshore Drive. Entiat’s Lakeshore Drive is the only direct access from U.S. Highway 97A to the newly completed Entiat Park, which boasts more than 10,000 visitors annually. Visitors and locals alike use the waterfront trail system that runs through the park and north along the river’s shoreline. Currently, there is no sidewalk or designated path along a portion of Lakeshore Drive, forcing pedestrians and bicyclists to share the road with cars or take their chances on the unpaved shoulder to fight rough landscaping and plants. Filling this gap has been identified as a priority in Entiat’s transportation improvement plan, comprehensive plan, and park plan and is supported by the public, Chelan County Public Utility District 1, and the Entiat Chamber of Commerce. The City of Entiat will contribute $51,483 in cash and a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.