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.
This project will reconstruct a 1.25 mile long segment of the Sacajawea Heritage Trail between Rd. 54 and Rd. 72. Currently, with few exceptions, the Sacajawea Heritage Trail runs all along the Columbia River from Chiawana Park on the West to Sacajawea State Park on the East, connecting the population cores of 3 cities. This trail segment does not meet industry safety standards for mixed bicycle/pedestrian use. The proposed 12 foot wide trail will be 4 feet wider than the existing trail, and will meet industry standards. The improvements will match already improved adjacent segments of trail which meet current mixed use design standards. Widening will be accomplished by lowering the levee, and the widened trail will be ADA compliant. The riverfront Sacajawea Trail is constantly used by walkers, runners, bikers, and other non-motorized modes of transportation. Rapid population growth has increased use of trail network, and a continued investment in adjacent publicly accessible recreational facilities. Quality of public experience on the trail will continue to decrease as the trail is more heavily used, until recommended widening is performed. Adjacent portions of existing trail have been upgraded, and this project is a missing link in this bicycle/pedestrian friendly network, and will benefit disadvantaged neighborhoods. This improvement will provide a safe, enjoyable trail for the community. Stormwater runoff will be re-directed by sloping the trail away from the Columia.