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 is currently designing the first segment of the Interurban Trail in Shoreline, from N.145th to N.155th Street. This portion of the Interurban Trail will run parallel to Aurora Avenue N. (State Route 99) in the Seattle City Light transmission right of way. The balance of the Trail will then cross over Aurora at N.155th to the west side, where it will remain in the transmission right-of-way from N. 155th through to N.205th at the Snohomish County line and tie to the City of Edmonds trail system. To provide continuity and safety, an elevated bridge structure is proposed to cross the Aurora Avenue (SR-99) right-of-way at the intersection of N. 155th and Aurora. Unless a crossing is built, trail users will have to travel over 12 lanes of traffic to rejoin the trail. The City’s section of Aurora has been identified as a high accident corridor by WSDOT, and a bridge would increase safety for trail users. The Shoreline Interurban Trail runs through an area of significant residential population, currently about 5,000 per square mile, and will connect persons to services, other modes of transportation, employment, and housing. This Trail is mentioned by name in the Shoreline Park, Open Space, and Recreation Services Plan, City of Shoreline Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program, and the State of Washington Trails Plan and the Shoreline segment is a critical link in this regional trail.