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 City of Auburn will use this grant to construct trail related elements associated with a pedestrian bridge over the White River that will have a water transmission main suspended from the new bridge. The new pedestrian bridge will serve to connect two busy multi-use trail systems that are ADA accessible for the entire length. The City’s Parks and Public Works Departments are working in coordination to construct and design the bridge,with grant funds from the WWRP Trails category to be used for the trail connections and approaches at each end of the bridge. The proposed bridge will connect Game Farm Park and Game Farm Wilderness Park, and a total of approximately 5.5 miles of existing paved trails. Game Farm Park and Game Farm Wilderness Parks are the two largest parks in Auburn that are separated by the White River. Game Farm Park has approximately 3.3 miles of internal paved trails. On the Game Farm Wilderness Park side of the river, the White River Trail is a 2.3 mile linear trail that parallels the river. There are large neighborhood areas on both sides of the river that access the extensive trail systems at each park, with Auburn Riverside High School and Roegner Park being located along the White River Trail.