OLYMPIA – The Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department will receive a $300,000 state grant to begin development of Woodland Trail, the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation announced today.
The Olympia City Council will receive a symbolic grant award in the form of a giant check at 7 p.m., July 14, at its regularly scheduled meeting in the council chambers of city hall.
The city will use the grant to develop 1.8 miles of trail along an abandoned railroad track through an urban forest sanctuary created by the scenic Indian Creek ravines. The grant, which is part of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), will also help build a trail head, complete with restroom, shelter, information kiosk and bike and
The grant, managed by the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and funded by the Legislature, was one of 75 given to state, local and tribal governments as part of the WWRP. In all, the Interagency Committee awarded $48 million for program projects that create or improve parks and trails, protect valuable wildlife habitat and give people access to the water.
“A key goal of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program is to give recreational opportunities for today’s and tomorrow’s residents,” said Laura Johnson, director of the Interagency Committee. “Our studies have shown that the most popular outdoor recreation activity is walking. Trails are very popular in Washington and will continue to be important as our population grows. These grants invest money in building new trails and in helping keep our exisitng trails open to the public.”
The Woodland Trail project has received much community support. The 250 members of the Woodland Trail Greenway Association, an advocacy group, have donated cash, materials and thousands of hours to interim improvements. Olympia will contribute $762,303 in funding, equipment and labor along with donated cash, materials and labor for this project.
The Legislature created the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program in 1990 as a response to increasing public demand for outdoor recreation land and growing concerns about loss of wildlife habitat. Since then, the Interagency Committee has funded more than 700 projects totaling more than $453 million, resulting in thousands of acres of valuable wildlife habitat and some of the state's best recreation lands being placed into public protection or developed for public use.