Nicholas Hamad

New Trail Section, Park Land Acquired in Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood

Nicholas Hamad, Park Planning and Development Manager, 509.363.5452

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 12:50 p.m.

New Trail Section, Park Land Acquired in Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood

City of Spokane Parks & Recreation has officially closed on the purchase of the Trolley Trail 08-21 property in the Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood thanks to the County Conservation Futures program administered by Spokane County Parks.

The purchase preserves 3.8 acres of land for public recreational use in perpetuity and, most importantly, ensures an additional 1,000 feet of the historic Trolley Trail will be open to the public for the foreseeable future, shrinking the gap in the public ownership of the trail significantly.

The Trolley Trail is a section of former rail bed from a Washington Water Power Company operated electric trolley which ran from downtown Spokane to Medical Lake in the early 1900s.

This is the latest installment in the pursuit of establishing a fully publicly owned, soft-surface Trolley Trail in the Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood, which has been a community goal since the 1990s.

City of Spokane Parks & Recreation will continue to work in partnership with Spokane County Parks and the neighborhood to secure the remaining Trolley Trail alignment for public recreational use.

The new property can be accessed using the 18th Street right-of-way off of S. C Street.

Parks & Recreation extends its sincere gratitude to Molly Marshall and the Grandview-Thorpe Neighborhood for submitting the application for this acquisition to the Conservation Futures program, and Damon Vetsch for willingly selling this land for public use.

Washington Water Power Company Trolley

Washington Water Power Company Trolley, Spokane Public Library Northwest Room

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