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 convert the former Burlington-Northern Railroad corridor, purchased in 1998 and now owned in fee by the City of Anacortes, to a 2-3/4 mile ADA accessible pedestrian/bike trail. The project will create a level waterfront trail that will provide a means for recreational and commuter pedestrians/cyclists to enjoy the flora and fauna along the shore of Fidalgo Bay. It will also serve as an alternate route to SR20 (spur) for cyclists traveling from the March’s Point Park-n-Ride to the San Juan/Sidney, BC Ferry in western Anacortes. This project is an extension of the first trail segment from 11th to 22nd Street that was completed in the spring of 2000. The trestle that spans Fidalgo Bay and will provide an opportunity for the public to view and enjoy the tidelands that were recently acquired by the State Department of Natural Resources. Although the City of Anacortes enjoys over 134 miles of trails within the parks and forestlands, there are no waterfront trails and no ADA accessible trails. The Thompson Trail will meet these needs, as well as provide recreational, educational and transportation opportunities for many segments of the population.