Moses Lake continues the long hike toward new wetland trail

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MOSES LAKE — The City of Moses Lake made another step Tuesday toward the development of a hiking trail south of the Japanese Garden, after realigning conflicting land use designations for the area that had halted progress on the project.

The city applied for and received a $172,000 grant from the Quad County Regional Transportation Organization in 2016 to build a trail between the Pioneer Meadow and Heron Creek apartment complexes, just south of the Japanese Garden, according to associate planner Kris Robbins. In addition, $45,000 has been allocated by the city for the project.

The city learned during the grant approval process that, in order to fulfill the trail width requirements of the grant, it would need to use property in the Three Ponds Wetland Bank area, which surrounds the Japanese Garden. To get the property, the city provided a request to the Mitigation Banking Oversight Committee that approves and regulates these areas, according to a staff report presented to the city council Tuesday.

The oversight committee noted discrepancies between two land use designations that cover the wetland bank, which the council voted Tuesday to realign. City officials will now return to the oversight committee with the modified designations in order to proceed fulfilling its requirements to receive a grant to develop the trail.

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