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Make your voice heard!  Funding for the Centennial Trail extension from Sontag Park Sontag Park Trailhead to the Nine Mile Resort on Lake Spokane is in the hands of the Washington State Senate and may run short.

The project is ranked 7th of 15 prioritized Trails category projects in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) proposed $70M budget.  Today the Senate budget provides for $65M for the WWRP, which puts our project funding "on the bubble."  WWRP funding for the Nine Mile Falls extension includes a $664,900 grant and sponsor match of $120,000 (15%) from private funding sources, including Avista and our own FCT Trail Builders Fund; we have $20,000 earmarked for this project.

Please contact Senator Michael Baumgartner at (360) 786-7610 and follow up with Lake Spokane an email to him within the next week, sharing this important message:

"Please fund the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program at $70 million so the Centennial Trail extension at Nine Mile Falls receives funding!  The Centennial Trail extension project will connect the existing 37.5 mile Centennial Trail from Sontag Park to Avista Utilities' Nine Mile Resort on Lake Spokane.  This is an important project for bicycle commuters, children and families, tourism and local business."

Many thanks,

Loreen McFaul
Executive Director, Friends of the Centennial Trail