New addition to the Foothills Trail opening

Ribbon cutting celebration on May 19

Fans of the Foothills Trail are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday to celebrate completion of a new section of the trail between South Prairie and Buckley. 

The trail project included the construction of 3,000 feet of pin pile bridge, three miles of paved trail and the replacement of the switchback bridge that was damaged in 2014. 

PSRC has awarded a total of $1,195,150 in federal funds to this project over the years, with the first award back in 1996.  Other funding partners include Pierce County, the state Department of Transportation, the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative.

Since 1992, PSRC has awarded a total of $4.6 million to different phases of the 21-mile Foothills Trail, which now winds from East Puyallup through Orting, South Prairie and Buckley.

Future plans include extending the trail to Puyallup’s Riverwalk Trail and on to Tacoma and Sumner where it would connect with the Interurban Trail. The trail in Buckley will continue east into King County and Enumclaw. 

The trail celebration will be at Veterans Park in South Prairie starting at 11:00 a.m. and will include introductions and acknowledgements, a ribbon cutting, supporter information booths, and light refreshments.

Those that would like to bicycle to the ceremony are invited to join members from the Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club and Puyallup Mayor John Palmer at the East Puyallup Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. Riders from this group will stop at Orting City Park at 10:00 a.m. to pick up more riders as they head to South Prairie.

Riders may also join Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and City of Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson at 10:00 a.m. in Buckley at Ryan Road to bike to the celebration.