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The Yakima Greenway Foundation continues its goal of a new pathway along the former rail spur running from Yakima to Naches. Last fall another a mile and a half of the path was paved adding to the two miles already done. The town of Naches jump started the trail expansion project in 2009 by paving the first mile of the former rail bed from its historic train station to the edge of town.
The second mile was then paved and funded strictly from local donors through the Greenway Foundation, and the most recent paving was funded through grants from the state of Washington and Yakima County. The Foundation Greenway is now working on securing additional funding to fully develop the 10 mile trail section linking Yakima and Naches. When complete, the Yakima Greenway walking and bike path will stretch just over 20-miles from Union Gap to Naches.
The path currently includes parks, nature trails, fishing lakes, and protected natural areas; these amenities will also be expanded with this project. Greenway Foundation Executive Director Al Brown says, “We’re very pleased with the work that’s been completed so far and the community seems to be responding through increased use of the path. Many hours of volunteer work and generous community support has gone into this project and it’s finally coming to fruition. Families, athletes, and organizations of various types host events and utilize the Greenway year round. With this addition, those events can be expanded and we’re looking forward to the possibilities.”