Earlier this week Spokane Valley started work on the Appleway Trail project, an effort to beautify a heavily traveled, undeveloped piece of land.
The property is a former railroad right of way near where Appleway Boulevard ends at University in Spokane Valley, and while the city wanted to develop it there was a catch: Spokane County owned the property.
Mayor Dean Grafos says it took some time and a lot of work to build a partnership between the city and the county to move the ball forward on the trail, which will run from University to Bowdish along the old Milwaukee railroad right of way.
The development will feature green spaces, a plaza, room for a community garden, safety crossings and an improvement in the quality of life improvement for residents living nearby.
It's also a positive example of city-county teamwork.
“It benefits both them and us and it also preserves this corridor if we need it for rapid transit or light rail or whatever in the future. So it's a win-win for the community and for the county,” Grafos said.
Construction began on August 25 and eventually the city wants the trail to connect all the way to the trail systems in Liberty Lake.
An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
For more information about the trail project click here.