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 Newcastle will use this grant to design and develop a pedestrian bridge across May Creek to expand the trail system in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Hikers will be able to proceed westward on future trails toward Lake Washington or proceed eastward on existing trails to Cougar Mountain Regional Park. The bridge will allow the May Creek trail system to expand. Currently, the May Creek Trail leads to the east side of the bridge site and ends at the creek. The May Creek Trail in Renton, west of the bridge site, is not yet built and depends on construction of the bridge. This bridge is an essential piece to the eventual 8.5-mile regional hiking trail connecting Lake Washington to Cougar Mountain through Renton and Newcastle, mostly through wooded natural areas. This bridge will be the only crossing of May Creek between Interstate 405 (to the west) and Coal Creek Parkway (to the east), an almost 2-mile-long stretch. This trail has been identified in both the City of Newcastle’s and the City of Renton’s comprehensive plans as a priority. Newcastle will contribute $477,500 in cash and a local grant.