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 Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma will use this grant to build 2 miles of trails for park access and walking and renovate 7.5 miles of trails for walking and bicycling in the 263-acre Swan Creek Park, a natural area park on the east side of Tacoma in Pierce County. The work will result in 14.5 miles of continuous trails in the park and will include construction of parking, a bridge, a restroom, and a picnic shelter, and installing park furnishings and signs. These trails will connect to the newly-revitalized Salishan neighborhood, the planned eastside community center, and a regional trail. The eastside neighborhood is home to the most diverse population in Tacoma with the second lowest household median income in the city. These improvements will continue the district’s efforts to convert the World War II housing road network into recreation space that is accessible to pedestrians, bicycles, and wheelchairs, while also providing the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in nature. The Tacoma Metropolitan Park District will contribute more than $2.9 million in voter-approved bonds and a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.