Park Board Considers Land Purchase and Trail Extension | News
The Land Committee of the Spokane Park Board considered a proposal to purchase land that would extend the Centennial Trail at a meeting on Wednesday April 3rd. The land to be purchased is currently part of the Kendall Yards property. The total land is 3.5 acres but .85 acres of that will be donated by Kendall Yards.
The city was given a grant from the Washington Public Works Board for the amount of $1.97 million in order to make the purchase. Kendall Yards has agreed to sell the land for that price even though independent appraisers for both the city and developer determined the value of the land to be around $3.9 million. As part of the purchase agreement Kendall Yards will construct the trail extension and hope to have it completed as early as this summer. The revenue of the sale will be used to fund the extension project.
Members of the the committee were concerned about the maintenance agreement and about how much maintenance would cost the parks department over time. The committee feels that the Centennial Trail is a vital part of Spokane and the parks department and will review the proposal again next month.