State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to develop 11 miles of the Willapa Hills State Park Trail, creating more than 40 miles of continuous trail between Chehalis and Menlo. State Parks will improve three railroad bridges, install another, and lay gravel on short segments. On the three bridges, State Parks will remove rotten wood and install concrete decking and metal and wood safety rails. A new, 65-foot-long bridge will be placed over an unnamed tributary of the Willapa River near Lebam and about 1 mile of the trail will be surfaced there. Finally, State Parks will lay gravel and dig ditches to prevent flooding at five short segments. The Willapa Hills Trail runs 56 miles between Chehalis and South Bend. The State Parks and Recreation Commission will contribute $65,000 in donated cash.