trail and transportation
In an unprecedented regional effort, the cities of College Place, Dayton, Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg, and Walla Walla, joined forces with the counties of Columbia, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, the county health departments, the Partnership for Greater Burbank, the ports of Columbia and Walla Walla, as well as the Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Community Council to develop a "Blue Mountain Region Trails - Ridges, Towns, and Rivers" plan that will span all local jurisdictions.
The goal of the project is to:
The desired project outcome is the development of a community driven, and locally supported regionwide non-motorized trail and transportation network that will integrate existing and planned urban sidewalks and bike routes with urban and regional trails. This network will provide access to outdoor recreation opportunities, increased walking and biking options, and connectivity among community centers and cultural, historical, and natural resource sites throughout the region.
A big thank you to everyone who attended the second round of workshops to view the conceptual network. The feedback provided was very helpful!
Top priority connections shared by the public include getting to and recreating along rivers, enhancing connections between communities, and accessing forested areas.
High priority needs for connections were identified as proximity to existing trails and areas around schools, parks and main streets.
The blueprint for the complete network will be revealed in September.
Check out what the BMRT project team is working on now by visiting the project timeline information.