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Posted on: August 4, 2016

16-048 Celebrate the extension of the Spokane River Centennial Trail

Ribbon cutting on Aug. 15 marks additional 2 miles of access

OLYMPIA – Aug. 4, 2016 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and partners invite the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the extension of the Spokane River Centennial Trail.

The event begins at 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, at Nine Mile Recreation Area, 11226, W. Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls. (Directions: Following a ribbon cutting and brief presentations by officials and staff, participants will have an opportunity to mingle and walk the new section of trail. Parks staff and partners will be on hand to talk about trail improvements starting later this summer and other priority projects.

The event celebrates the completion of the northwest extension of the Centennial Trail, which extends approximately 2 miles from Sontag Community Park to Nine Mile Recreation Area on Lake Spokane. The completed trail section provides additional access to the Centennial Trail and is an important link for this northeast Washington community.

The nearly 40-mile Centennial Trail runs between the Washington-Idaho state line and Nine Mile Falls and follows the contours of the Spokane River. The trail provides recreational opportunities for many types of non-motorized users and access to the water at key points along the trail. The Spokane River Centennial Trail connects with the North Idaho Centennial Trail. Together, the trails span more than 60 miles and connect the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene communities.

Funding for this project was provided by Friends of the Centennial Trail, Avista Corp. and Washington State Parks through a grant program from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The name “Centennial” refers to the trail’s initial construction period, which occurred soon after the Washington State Centennial in 1989.

For questions about the celebration, contact Lara Gricar, Riverside State Park Program Specialist, or 509-465-5064.

For more information about the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail, visit:

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Lara Gricar, (509) 465-5064

Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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