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 Town of Winthrop will use this grant to buy a strip of right-of-way to extend the RiverWalk Trail 1,000 feet along the Chewuch and Methow Rivers in downtown Winthrop and .24 acre for a gateway park that will connect that trail to downtown boardwalks. The trail will connect with the Susie Stephens Trail at the south end of downtown, resulting in more than a mile of contiguous trail. The owner of the park has demolished a structure, leveled the site, and obtained permits for developing the park, with the written intent of donating it fully developed to Winthrop this fall. The combined effect of the RiverWalk and Confluence Park is to provide visual access to the beautiful mountain rivers for the public. The Town of Winthrop will contribute $308,500 in staff labor and donations of labor and land.