The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to develop a shelter with sweeping views of Mount Rainier and to build 6 miles of trail in east Tiger Mountain State Forest, about 25 miles east of Seattle. The new trails will fill gaps in the trail system and link to other equestrian, hiking, and mountain biking trails. The new trails will give users an improved experience and safer alternative than using service roads. The viewpoint shelter will provide weather protection, a resting location, and event space. The Department of Natural Resources will contribute $206,500 in a state appropriation, staff labor, materials, and donations of labor.