City Awarded King County Grant for CrossTown Trail Work
Posted on 02/14/2018

The City of Newcastle was awarded a $25,000 King County Youth and Amateur Sports Grant to fund work on the CrossTown Trail — a 4-mile trail that will stretch across the city and connect to King County’s Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The funds will be used to build out the trail along Vera Risdon Middle School and for isolated repairs along the trail’s eastern portion.

Work includes construction of approximately 440 linear feet of soft-surface trail near Risdon Middle School, which sits at the trail’s westernmost segment. The Renton School District will do the initial grading work on the trail, while the city will focus on resolving the finer-scale grading and drainage challenges, and finish surfacing the trail.

“The trail will provide exploration opportunities for middle school students, nearby elementary students and the general public. The proximity to schools is a great opportunity for students to be active and engage with their natural surroundings,” said Julie Cassata, city project planner.

The CrossTown Trail through the middle school property is coming to fruition through the cooperation and coordination of various entities, including the nonprofit Newcastle Trails organization, the Hazelwood Community Association, the Renton School District and the City of Newcastle.

The Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program offers increased opportunities and access for young people to engage in healthy physical activity through new or improved facilities or programs, especially those serving under-resourced communities. The grants, which range from $6,750 to $250,000, are administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Parks and Recreation Division.

This grant cycle was very competitive, as King County Parks received 96 applications requesting a total of $11 million with only $3.6 million in available funding.

About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. 

About the Youth and Amateur Sports Grant Program
The YASG program is funded and sustained through a 1-percent car-rental tax authorized by the State in 1993. King County Council restructured the program (formerly Youth Sports Facilities Grants) in 2017 to provide Council-directed grants, as well as competitive grants, to non-profit organizations, local governments, and school districts. Funding is available for sports and recreation programs, as well as for capital improvement projects.

King County has awarded roughly $15 million in grants since the program's inception in 1993, creating nearly 350 new or renovated youth sports facilities throughout the county.

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