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Regional Trails Plan is foundation for growth

Boys ride their bicycles on the Fish Lake Trail bridge over Interstate 90 near the bottom of the Sunset Hill at the west end of Spokane. (Rich Landers)
Boys ride their bicycles on the Fish Lake Trail bridge over Interstate 90 near the bottom of the Sunset Hill at the west end of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

TRAILS -- The big effort recently invested in updating Spokane County's 2008 Regional Trails Plan has resulted in maps and details important to everyone from hikers to developers.

The Spokane County Commissioners approved the updated plan on Tuesday.

The goal of the plan has always been to develop an interconnected system of trails, whether they're simple single tracks or major rail-trail projects such as the Fish Lake Trail.  The plan also seeks to assure adequate maintenance and high standards while promoting the growing trail system as an economic development tool.

The updated plan, with input from Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff and the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, includes a mapped inventory of 677 miles of trails, new trail strategies, an analysis of demand and needs and much more detail throughout.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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