Learn More About Likely Route to Connect Fish Lake & Centennial Trails

Online meeting set for Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:25 a.m.

The City of Spokane will share information from its evaluation of routes to connect the popular Fish Lake Trail to the Centennial Trail. Citizens are invited to an online public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. to learn more and share ideas.

A trail alignment to connect the Fish Lake and Centennial trails has been under way since early 2020. A public meeting was held last July, along with meetings with various stakeholders. Besides citizen feedback, the City’s evaluation also has included a look at the physical terrain, aquatic resources, park features, and roadways to define options for a paved trail connection that is separated from roadways. The work also has considered 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 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 for the link to Zoom meeting, along with an option to join by phone.

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.