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.
Bellingham Parks and Recreation developed nearly 1.5 miles of trail in the Squalicum Creek corridor, which is part of the proposed Nooksack Loop Trail – a 45 mile regional trail that will connect Bellingham to Ferndale, Everson, and Lynden. This trail is also a segment of the regional Bay-to-Baker trail. Work included converting an abandoned railroad grade into a trail. The completed project connects neighborhoods to two parks and a regional health care campus, and provides a safe, grade-separated crossing under Interstate 5. This is the first phase of a trail that will eventually connect Bellingham’s waterfront to the city limits. The primary recreational purpose is non-motorized trail use including walking, jogging and biking.