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 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.