Legislature passes supplemental capital budget, includes funding for Riverwalk Trail extension

Before adjournment on Tuesday, the Washington State Legislature passed a strong, bipartisan supplemental capital budget that included $500,000 to extend the Riverwalk Trail.

The funding will go toward design and construction of a 12-foot-wide path through the City of Puyallup’s recently acquired Van Lierop property.

Lawmakers from the 25th Legislative District say the extension is an important piece in the “Sound to Foothills Trail” vision for Pierce County that will be utilized by many citizens.

“Thousands of families use the Riverwalk and Foothills Trail for walking, jogging, and biking,” said Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “The completion of this critical linkage on the trail would be a great addition to the recent groundbreaking for the city of Puyallup’s Van Lierop Park and the dedication of the nonprofit Step by Step’s new location at the Van Lierop Farm.”

The supplemental capital budget, House Bill 2380, passed the House by a vote of 86-9 and the Senate 38-5. It awaits the governor’s signature.

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PHOTO: Map of Riverwalk Trail Phase VI.