The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced Monday it has awarded a $500,000 grant to Metro Parks Tacoma to help build the last half-mile of a seven-mile waterfront trail connecting downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance Park.
Funding for the grant comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps build parks, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities, as well as the National Park Service from royalties on off-shore oil and gas resources. In total, three grants worth nearly $800,000 were awarded to Metro Parks Tacoma, the City of Chehalis, and the City of Bothell. The City of Chehalis was awarded $250,000 to renovate its community pool. The City of Bothell was awarded $43,030 to begin the purchase of nearly 22 acres to expand a 64-acre urban forest known as the North Creek Forest.
“These grants help communities provide more places for people to exercise, relax and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which administers the grants. “These are important investments in keeping Washington a great place for people to live and work.
This is the second grant the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board has awarded to Metro Parks Tacoma for the trail project this year. In July, Metro Parks Tacoma was awarded $2.5 million for the trail, as well as $500,000 to build an estuary and boardwalk in Point Defiance Park. The waterfront trail, which runs along Puget Sound, links the Ruston Way promenade, the Point Ruston development, Town of Ruston, City of Tacoma, Point Defiance Park and the future 11-acre Peninsula at Point Defiance waterfront park. The trail is 20 feet wide and includes a bridge over Pearl Street.
More information is available online here.