EAST WENATCHEE – Local ownership and control of the 11-mile long Apple Capital Loop Trail is now assured. Title to the property under the trail on the east side of the Columbia River is being formally transferred from the Washington State Department of Transportation to the city of East Wenatchee and Douglas County, as directed by the Legislature in the 2012 state supplemental budget.
The trail traces the Columbia River shores between the two bridges connecting Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. That part of the trail was built on WSDOT right of way, originally purchased for a state highway. When another highway alignment was chosen, this section of trail became surplus land.
“This transfer agreement is an example of WSDOT’s commitment to work with community partners to build a transportation system that works for everyone and create opportunities for economic development,” said Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “I applaud the work that has been done during the past five years by WSDOT, legislators, county commissioners, the city council and their staffs who came together to make this happen,” she continued.
The trail is a community asset used not only by residents, but also by thousands of tourists every year. It is valued for its economic benefits and for its contribution to the quality of life in the Wenatchee Valley.
“Transferring ownership to East Wenatchee and Douglas County not only puts the future of the trail in the hands of the community, but it also allows us to move forward with the disposal of adjacent surplus property,” said WSDOT Regional Administrator Dan Sarles. “That will allow future development of these properties as determined by the city and county,” he added.
A signing ceremony to commemorate the transfer is set for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Douglas County Transportation and Land Services facility, 140 19th St. NW, in East Wenatchee.
For more information visit the Apple Capital Loop Transfer Exhibits webpage: