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 Port Angeles will use this grant to build Race Street Trail, a multiuse trail that connects Olympic Discovery Trail to the Olympic National Park Visitor and Back Country Information Center. As the first trail spur to bisect Port Angeles in a north-south direction, the 2.7-mile Race Street Trail will provide an essential spine for a trail network that will connect users to recreational opportunities both within and outside the city. Special care will be given to landscape elements to extend the aesthetics of the national park further into the community via the new trail. The trail also will connect two major parks–Civic Field and Erickson Park–through a curb-less design. The project has been designed as a showcase that demonstrates that trail users do not have to drive to a trailhead when entry points are linked to their neighborhoods. Port Angeles will contribute more than $3.1 million in a federal grant.