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.
Pierce County will use this grant to expand the existing Pipeline Trail into unincorporated Pierce County and set the stage for future phases to complete the full Pipeline Trail vision. Construction will include 1.6 miles of paved, multi-modal trail building on the City of Tacoma’s recently completed 5 1/2-miles of trail and will also include much needed trailhead facilities at Orangegate Park for both vehicles and trailers. This will directly connect to the 160-acre Orangegate Park which will offer access to soft surface trails, a dog park, and other recreational amenities.The Pipeline Trail will deliver over 15 miles of recreational and commuter trail connecting communities, both rural and urban, to employment centers, transit networks, parks, and public lands. The completed vision will link downtown Tacoma to Puyallup’s South Hill, an area planning for a walkable urban experience while anticipating considerable growth in the next decade. The Pipeline trail will not only be a local trail for over 15,000 households within a half mile but it will serve as the Regional Trail and active transportation network spine with a planned connection directly to the 21-mile Foothills National Recreation Trail.