Submitted by the City of Tenino
The City of Tenino will be the recipient of a Regional Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant in the approximate amount of $64,875 to examine potential trail connections to both west Tenino and Bucoda, with a view toward eventual extension into north Lewis County, where the trail could connect to other new or existing trail systems. The City is committed to matching these grant funds in the approximate amount of $10,125 for a total amount of approximately $75,000.
The Yelm-Tenino Trail is part of a regional shared-use trail network that currently connects the cities of Yelm, Rainer, and Tenino to Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and points beyond. The goal of this project is to prepare the way ahead for the extension of the current trail system in two different directions.
The City of Tenino, in partnership with the Town of Bucoda, seeks to extend the current trail south, paralleling SR-507 to the Town of Bucoda with a view toward eventual extension into north Lewis County and the City of Centralia. The Town of Bucoda is the only incorporated community in Thurston county that is not connected to the regional trail network by safe, dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Travelling between Tenino and Bucoda by foot or bike, users are currently relegated to the narrow shoulder of SR-507, which can be a frightful, and potentially lethal, experience. Connecting the trail network to Bucoda also opens the way for connecting the Thurston Regional Trails network to those in other jurisdictions, especially the Willapa Hills Trail that connects Chehalis to the Willapa Bay in Raymond.
Tenino also seeks to extend the trail westward into the new area of West Tenino in anticipation of a successful Thurston Economic Development Council initiative (which is also partnered with Lewis County agencies) in developing an “Agri-Business” park on land that is currently being used to raise alpacas.
More information can be found by visiting the websites of the City of Tenino or Thurston County Parks at: