Redmond Central Connector Phase 2

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 City of Redmond utilized RCO WWRP Trail grant funding to develop a 1.3 mile extension of the Redmond Central Connector, a regional hard-surface rails to trail along the Eastside Rail Corridor. This project connects to the Sammamish River Trail and Puget Sound Energy Trail and links the Willows and Sammamish business districts and DigiPen Institute of Technology with Downtown, improving access to retail, restaurants, civic services, and transit. The project includes a 12 foot wide hard-surface regional trail, with some side gravel paths, way finding, a redesigned trestle with community designed interpretive elements and view points over the Sammamish River. The project also included onsite and office habitat mitigation and enhancement, including the replacement of a stormwater culvert to allow fish passage. This trail is being used for recreation and active transportation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Redmond City of Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $1,001,500.00 Project Type: Development County: King Legislative District: 48 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1429

Location Details

To reach the northwest end of the project site, take SR 520 to the West Lake Sammamish Parkway Exit in Redmond. At the end of the off-ramp, turn left. Go straight through the first traffic signal at Leary Way, then merge left into a cue lane to stay on West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Go up a short hill and turn left at the signal at Redmond Way. Within 500 feet, turn right at the next signal onto Willows Road. Follow Willows Road north past NE 90th Street and NE 95th Street, the next signal will be the 9900 Block signal at the Overlake Christian Church. The railroad tracks will be on the right and the project extends south from there.

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.