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 Castle Rock will use this grant to develop 750 feet of trail to connect the River Front Trail at Cowlitz View Drive to the Castle Rock Visitor Center in the State Department of Transportation Park-n-Ride on the west side of Interstate 5. The connecting trail will be 10 feet wide, lighted, accessible to people with disabilities, and for non-motorized uses. The City also will add a restroom at the Riverfront Trail North Trailhead. An average of more than 5,000 vehicle trips a day pass through this corridor with the intersection of Interstate 5, State Route 411, and State Route 504. This connecting trail segment will allow for greater use of the Castle Rock River Front Trail system, which consists of 1.8 miles of paved trail on the east side of the Cowlitz River and 2 miles of paved and gravel trail on the west side of the river. This trail system connects to parks, the downtown business area, residential areas, and historical areas of interest. From this location, one also can head east on State Route 504 to Mount Saint Helens and the Toutle River valley. The City of Castle Rock will contribute $244,175 in equipment, staff labor, a federal grant, and a donation of labor.