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 Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy 1.5 acres for the final segment of the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail. The City will buy a 20-foot-wide strip of mostly riverbank to build a half-mile of paved trail for walkers, cyclists, and skaters. The Riverwalk Trail follows the south bank of the Puyallup River from the western city limit to the eastern city limit. The new section of trail is a critical link for of 31 miles of the Riverwalk Trail, Sumner Link Trail, and Foothills Trail, providing a key cog in the Sound to Foothills Trail vision for Pierce County. Once developed, this segment of trail will eliminate the need for visitors to leave the trail and travel on city streets and sidewalks, which currently are serving as the link between Veterans Park and State Route 512 trailheads. Puyallup will contribute $223,020 in cash and donations of cash.