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 Yelm will use this grant to build 1.2 miles of the Yelm Prairie Line Regional Trail. The new segment will extend the regional trail from the northeastern end of the Yelm Tenino Trail at Yelm Avenue (State Route 507) across the Centralia Power Canal and across the Nisqually River to the county line. The regional trail will provide the only nonmotorized and fully protected connection between Thurston and Pierce Counties. Completed portions of the regional trail connect Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino. The long-term goal is to link the trail networks in Lewis, Pierce, and Thurston Counties, improve access to Joint Base Lewis McChord, and alleviate dangerous pedestrian and cycling conditions along State Route 507. Yelm will contribute $360,002 in cash, equipment, and materials.