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.
Yakima County will use funds from this grant to construct the FINAL 2.1 mile section (Phase 5 of 5) of the Naches “rails to trails” paved trail project, including two bike/ped activated crossing systems, and bike/ped bridge improvements over the Naches River and Cowiche Creek. This new segment will complete the 10+ mile trail system between the Town of Naches and City of Yakima, and connecting to the existing 10 mile Yakima Greenway Trail System. The end result will be a paved trail and parks system boasting over 20 miles of non-motorized transportation routes connecting several communities as well as providing links to neighboring trail systems including the William O Douglas Trail/ Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and City of Yakima’s Powerhouse Trail. The recreational benefits of these trails are visited by over 700,000 users annually. The entire Naches “Rail to Trail” pathway will be maintained by the Yakima Greenway Foundation, which has a 35 year history of successful path and park administration. The Greenway is supported by local membership which funds its operational needs as well as supplying over a thousand volunteers annually. The Greenway has spearheaded the fundraising campaign which has generated over $1.25 million for the Naches Trail Project. Phase 4 of 5 – (Low Road to Old Naches Hwy – 4.6 miles – RCO Funded) is scheduled for construction later this year.