Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail Reconnection

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Ellensburg Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to develop .36 mile of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Ellensburg. This section will complete one of the critical missing links in the cross-state Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The trail also will serve as an important local recreational option, connecting residents to schools, neighborhoods, and businesses. Unlike the larger cross-state trail, the route is a gravel and paved trail with trailside landscaping. Ellensburg will contribute $270,000 in cash, staff labor, a local grant, and a donation of land.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Ellensburg Parks & Rec Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $ 300,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 270,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1613

Location Details

The trail project is located along Alder Street, which serves as the east boundary of the CWU campus and just north of the Kittitas Valley Event Center (Fairgrounds). To access the location drive east on University Way, turn right at the stoplight located at University Way and Alder Street, the trailhead for the 'Palouse to Cascades State Parks Trail' will be located on your left hand side in approximately 430'.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.