Overview of sections of Appleway Trail already completed, and anticipated dates for construction of additional sections.
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Transform the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way into an urban trail that transforms the corridor into a recreational and economic asset to the City of Spokane Valley that is manageable, affordable, and safe. The Appleway Trail will contribute to the quality of life, attract visitors, and create a community that is attractive for businesses to locate and expand. The themed Appleway Trail will invite and provide a diverse set of users opportunities to improve their health, meet new friends, and create new connections in their community by incorporating a variety of recreational opportunities and park amenities.
Originally, the Milwaukee Railroad ran across the valley florr through agricultural lands. Later the railroad tracks were abandoned and then removed. The abandoned Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way had remained undeveloped and held in reserve for future transportation needs. Located in the heart of the City of Spokane Valley, a thriving city of nearly 100,000 people, the right-of-way had become overgrown with vegetation and filled with debris from unauthorized dumping. It was an unsafe eyesore dividing neghborhoods south of the corridor from commercial areas to the north. A collaborative agreement between the City of Spokane Valley, Spokane County (owner of the corridor) and Spokane Transit Authority, has allowed the City to develop the property as a themed urban trail and linear park that accommodates non-motorized transportation users.
Balfour Park to University - Anticipated Construction 2019
University to Pines - Completed in Spring 2015
Pines to Evergreen - Completed in 2017
Evergreen to Sullivan - Design and Construction Contingent Upon Funding
Sullivan to Corbin - Anticipated Construction 2018
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The cost estimates identified in this brochure include only asphalt pathways, street crossing safety elements, and minimal landscaping and lighting. The goal of the City is to develop a master plan for the Appleway Trail and develop it as a linear park that includes restrooms, drinking fountains, playgrounds, community gardens, outdoor exercise equipment, directional and interpretive signs, bicycle trails, and varying types of open space. Additionally, it’s proposed that the sections of the trail would be developed around unique themes highlighting Spokane Valley’s legacy, history, culture, geology, and future. The City continues to seek opportunities to develop and implement the Appleway Trail.
Our thanks to Spokane County (owners of the former Milwaukie Railroad right of way corridor), for the interlocal agreement with the City of Spokane Valley under which the Appleway Trail can be developed while preserving the ability to accommodate future alternative transportation uses should the need arise. We are especially grateful to the Spokane Valley community for their participation, SvR Design Company, and the design team.
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