Please join us at Veterans Park in South Prairie on Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony as we celebrate the completed connection of the Foothills National Recreation Trail between South Prairie and Buckley. The celebration will include introductions and acknowledgements, a ribbon cutting, supporter information booths, and light refreshments.
About the Project
The project included the construction of 3,000 linear feet of pin pile bridge, three miles of paved trail and the replacement of the switchback bridge which was damaged in 2014.
This new section of trail provides a safe, separated, and non-motorized corridor along the state highways as it gradually climbs from the Orting valley through forests and besides a stream and wetlands to the Cascade Foothills in Buckley.
The construction project is jointly funded by Pierce County; Federal Highways Administration/Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, Rural Town Centers and Corridors grant; Washington Recreation and Conservation Office WWRP trail grant; and a gracious donation from the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition.
These agencies helped fund the construction of this corridor which is an integral part of the Foothills National Recreation Trail and the Pierce County Regional Trail system.
There is plenty of parking space available in South Prairie at the Foothills Trail South Prairie trailhead and next to the South Prairie Fire Station for those that plan to drive to the ceremony.
Bike to the Ribbon Cutting
Those that would like to bicycle to the ceremony are welcome to join members from the Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club at the East Puyallup Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. Riders from this group will stop at Orting City Park at 10:00 a.m. to pick up more riders as they head to South Prairie.
Riders may also join Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and City of Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson at 10:00 a.m. in Buckley at Ryan Road if they would like to bicycle to the ceremony from that location.