Sections of Appleway Trail completed and anticipated dates for construction of additional sections.
Construction of the Appleway Trail is transforming the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way into an urban trail and greenway that runs east-west through the heart of Spokane Valley. The trail provides a shared-use path for citizens and area visitors to safely walk, run or bicycle. Just a few blocks from Sprague Avenue, the trail also provides opportunities for residents to connect to local restaurants, business and/or other attractions, creating both a recreational and economic asset for the community. When fully completed, the trail will allow citizens to travel from Balfour Park and City Hall (near S. University Road) east to Liberty Lake.
The Milwaukee Railroad originally ran through agricultural lands in Spokane Valley in the early 20th Century. The railroad tracks were eventually abandoned and removed. The abandoned railroad right-of-way remained undeveloped and held in reserve for future transportation needs. Located in the heart of Spokane Valley, the right-of-way became overgrown with vegetation and filled with debris from unauthorized dumping. It was an eyesore dividing neighborhoods 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 allowed the city to develop the property as a shared-use, urban trail and linear park that accommodates non-motorized transportation users.
1) Balfour Park to University - Seeking funding
2) University to Pines - Completed in 2015
3) Pines to Evergreen - Completed in 2017
4) Evergreen to Sullivan - Anticipate construction in 2019
5) Sullivan to Corbin - Completed in 2018
6) Corbin to city boundary - Previously completed in 2008
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The cost estimates identified 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 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 fund, 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 its participation, SvR Design Company, and the design team.
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See photos from the grand opening of the first section of trail here...