South Prairie to Buckley Trail construction
A groundbreaking ceremony for additional trail improvements on the Buckley to South Prairie section of the Foothills National Recreation Trail took place on June 7, 2016.
This unimproved section of the Foothills Trail opened in 2008, but has remained unpaved. Construction work includes paving and installing a walking bridge over wet portions of the trail alignment. Once construction is completed in 2017, trail users will have a much improved trail experience, replacing the current muddy conditions along the trail with a solid surface suitable for pedestrians, bicycles, equestrians, and other non-motorized trail users.
The construction project is funded by Pierce County taxpayers, a grant from Federal Highways Administration/Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, Rural Town Centers and Corridor, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office WWRP trail grant, and the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition.