Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy more than 31 acres, including more than three-quarter mile of shoreline along the Spokane River, less than 2 miles from downtown. The purchase will allow the City to develop the only fishing area on a freeflowing reach of the Spokane River accessible to people with disabilities, preserve the opportunity to move the Centennial Trail off surface streets and onto a separated path, facilitate a trail connection to Spokane Falls Community College, and will preserve a well-used singletrack trail. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this grant is the acquisition of property for passive and active recreation.