City Asks Public About Connecting Fish Lake & Centennial trails

Online meeting set for July 28 at 5 p.m.

Marlene Feist, Public Works, (509) 625-6505

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:37 p.m.

The City of Spokane is studying how to connect the popular Fish Lake Trail to the Centennial Trail. An online public meeting is set for Tuesday, July 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to get feedback on what is important to trail users.

Besides citizen feedback, the City’s evaluation will include a look at the physical terrain, aquatic resources, park features, and roadways to define route alternatives for a paved trail connection that is separated from roadways. The City has initially identified three alternatives. The work also will consider how to better connect the Fish Lake Trail to Thorpe Road, providing greater access to residents in the Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood.

“Separated, multi-use trails are the backbone of our pedestrian and bicycle transportation networks,” says Colin Quinn-Hurst, the City’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “The goal of this project is to connect two heavily used trails and provide surrounding neighborhoods with a low-stress travel and recreation option.”

To participate in the online meeting, please visit the project website. There you will find a link to the Public Meeting which will be conducted over Zoom. Opportunities for online comments will be available with instructions to be provided in the meeting.

The Spokane River Centennial Trail runs for 39 miles in Washington from Nine Mile Falls to the stateline with Idaho, with much of it constructed during the Washington State Centennial. The trail is largely complete with a few gaps. The Fish Lake Trail, meanwhile, starts at a trailhead near the intersection of Government Way and Sunset Boulevard and runs south 9 miles toward Fish Lake. The remaining 2.5 miles to Fish Lake will cross active railroad lines for which safe crossings are still needed.