The Portage Parks District has some big trail plans and they’re working hard trying to secure funding to jump start those big plans and get some more hike and bike trails built to serve Kent and the region.
The hike and bike trail network in Kent has some great connections to the region’s trail network to the north, east and west — so the Parks District has their eyes on some southern connections to round out the map.
Hike and bike trails can have the great mutual benefit of recreation and preservation of natural resources — which is exactly what the Portage Park District is working hard to achieve by securing trail land deals that would preserve the natural state of as much of the adjacent land as possible for current and future generations to enjoy.
The hike and bike trail use in Kent grows every year — serving walkers, joggers, runners, roller bladers, scooters, strollers, cruiser bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, fat tire bikes, and I even saw a hover-board last week — so it’s got something for everyone.
Convenient access and great connectivity to places people want to go are the hallmarks of the Portage trail network and their plans to expand south of Kent look to continue that legacy.
Hike and bike trails don’t come cheap so the Parks District and Kent Parks and Recreation are always busy looking for grants, donations, gifts, anything that helps make the trails happen at the least cost possible.
The next trail work to be done in the City of Kent will be updating the trail section between the Fairchild Bridge and the Main Street Bridge. It’s become a busy section and it’s time to widen the trail to current standards and make sure all of the different types of users have plenty of room to “share the trail.”
The City is applying for grant funding for that section of trail upgrade and in the meantime we’re proud to support the Portage Park District’s efforts to secure their funding for the southern extension too.