The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to develop 10 miles of trails in Raging River State Forest, approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, expanding the trail system for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. The proposed new trails will give visitors a safer alternative to using service roads, construct a Mountains to Sound Greenway Regional Trail missing link, provide under-served downhill mountain biking trails, and create a trail connection to Taylor Mountain Forest, an adjacent King County Park. The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be improved non-motorized trail recreation in the Raging River State Forest area.