Brandon Blankenagel, Senior Engineer, Integrated Capital Management, No Phone Number Available
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 4:06 p.m.
Planning work is under way for the South Gorge Trail, a new segment of bicycle and pedestrian trail that will connect People's Park to Glover Field along the southern bank of the Spokane River.
The project will be built in stages. The first stage, happening in 2016, will reconstruct the pavement and water utility lines along Clarke Avenue. The second stage, in 2017, will build the trail.
A future stage eventually will connect the trail from Glover Field eastward to Huntington Park. The project will be funded through funds generated by the street levy passed in 2014 and matching utility and grant funds.
The South Gorge Trail has been envisioned for many years, most recently published in the “The Great Spokane River Gorge Strategic Master Plan” developed by the local nonprofit, Friends of the Falls. The section of trail is part of larger loop trail around the gorge detailed in the master plan.
The proposed South Gorge Trail project will build a 10-foot wide paved trail along the south bank of the river. Additional elements will include trailhead improvements, historical interpretive kiosks, river access improvements, and incorporation of the Glover Field Park Master Plan.
A public meeting on the project was held on December 2, 2015.The attached presentation was given at that meeting.