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 viewpoint shelter with a sweeping vista of Mt. Rainier & four new trails within east Tiger Mountain State Forest, connecting to other trail system zones and a nearby community, located approximately 25 miles east of the Seattle area. Development will include the design and construction of approximately 6 miles of new trail to create important missing trail system links to adjacent equestrian and hiking trail system areas with a regional mountain bike loop community connection to the north Interstate 90 area. These new trails will provide linkages within and to adjacent areas of the existing trail system and give users an improved experience and safer alternative than using existing service roads. Additional development will include a viewpoint shelter to provide weather protection, resting location, and event space. The primary outdoor recreational opportunity provided by this project will be safe and sustainable facilities & trails for equestrian, mountain bikers, and hikers.