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Posted on: April 11, 2018

18-021 State Parks to apply for grant funding to improve section of Willapa Hills Trail



Media contacts:
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Michael Hankinson, (360) 902-8671

Public invited to learn more at a meeting, April 23

OLYMPIA – April 11, 2018 – Washington State Parks invites the public to learn more about plans for continued development and improvement of a 15-mile section of the Willapa Hills State Park Trail between Raymond and Lebam in Pacific County.

To continue improving this section of trail, State Parks must obtain funding. This summer, Parks planners will apply for a grant through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) in the State Parks category.

Staff will provide information about the grant proposal and trail plans at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Willapa Valley Middle and High School, 22 Viking Way, Raymond. (Driving directions.)

If successful, the grant would provide funding for key elements including:

  • Compacted gravel trail surfacing.
  • Trail re-routing near Bridge 48.
  • A new bridge at mile 38 near Lebam.
  • Two trailhead parking areas at Menlo and Lebam.
  • Other minor improvements to various bridges.

State Parks will submit this grant application in August 2018 to the Recreation and Conservation Office, which oversees the WWRP grant applications. If the grant is awarded, funding could be made available to State Parks by the Legislature by July 2019.

For more information about the trail project and the grant application process, contact Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, (360) 902-8671 or Learn more about the Willapa Hills Trail at: 


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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Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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