Pierce County land purchase expands Foothills Trail

Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV Park from Dwight Partin for $1.05 million. The sale closed on Thurs., Nov. 21.

“This is an exciting development for our county,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “The Foothills Trail is a recreational destination that showcases our beautiful environment. I congratulate our Parks and Recreation Department for completing this sale, and I thank Councilmember Dan Roach for assisting us in reaching the final deal. This is an important milestone as we strive to complete the vision for an uninterrupted trail connecting Puyallup, Orting, South Prairie and Buckley with points beyond.”

The 12-foot-wide Foothills Trail sits atop a historic railroad bed. Approximately 18 miles of paved trail exists in three sections between Puyallup and Buckley. The Parks and Recreation Department will continue efforts to purchase property that fills in the remaining gaps in the Puyallup-to-Buckley segment, which totals just under three miles of trail in two sections. In the meantime, the county will start seeking grants to begin work on the newly acquired property.

“I am ecstatic that this is happening,” said Gordon ‘Buzz’ Grant, president of the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group. “This was the most significant section of property to obtain as we work to complete the trail.”

Pierce County's Foothills Trail. (PHOTO COURTESY PIERCE COUNTY)

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail. (PHOTO COURTESY PIERCE COUNTY)