CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Board of Trustees October 22, 2021 ACTION:
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail Reconnection Route Easement Approval Attachments: CWU-City of Ellensburg Easement Document & Trail Reconnection Segments Map. The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail follows a former railway roadbed for 300 miles across two- thirds of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. The trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2002. The trail was formerly known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail; the name was changed in 2018. The 100-mile (160 km) portion from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to the Columbia River south of Vantage has been developed and is managed as state park. A section of this trail bisects CWU property near Brooklane Village. The Board of Trustees has previously approved an easement to the City of Ellensburg for the north CWU property connecting the trail from 18 th Avenue to the corner of 14 th Avenue and Alder Street. Now the City seeks a new 300 foot, 8-foot-wide easement to continue the work of reconnecting this portion of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail with the city’s non-motorized trail systems and utility easements. Under this agreement, the City is responsible for maintenance of the trail surface and utility (water & power) easement. CWU maintains the landscaping areas within the easement as we do today for other parts of the trail. This easement will provide an equestrian bypass and improvements that will benefit many CWU students and employees who already use the trail. RCW 28B.35.120 grants trustees “…full control of the regional university and its property of various kinds, except as otherwise provided by law." The City of Ellensburg seeks and CWU staff recommend board approval to establish a trail and utility easement between the university and the City of Ellensburg. The conditions of this trail and utility easement document have been developed jointly by representatives of the CWU Facilities Management Department and the City of Ellensburg. We recommend the following motion, The Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby grants the City of Ellensburg a trail and utility easement for Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail Reconnection Route Extension, which is located at Portion Section 36, Township 18 North, Range 18 East, Willamette Meridian.
Approved for Submittal to the Board:
Andreas Bohman Vice President of Operations
Jim Wohlpart President
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