Trail Projects

Significant gaps exist in our Centennial Trail which inhibits cohesive travel for 2.4 million users each year.  Our goal is gap completion — and we have lobbied to get these projects prioritized and into City and State budgets.  

The Trail Builder’s Fund was created to leverage community donations for Centennial Trail completion and enhancement projects.   Your tax-deductible donations help complete the following projects (listed from east to west):
Centennial Trail gaps will be completed when funding is secured project-by-project.  Help close our Trail gaps with your gift today!

Mile 0 – Stateline Gateway Park
Gap completed!
State line realignment
At the Washington/Idaho border, Spokane County realigned the Centennial Trail, moving it under a new bridge on East Appleway Lane and closer to the river.  Friends of the Centennial Trail donated $17,500 to Spokane County for realignment and $450 for directional signs.  

 

 

Mile 9 – Sullivan Bridge Replacement
Project completed!
Sullivan bridge
Our thanks to the City of Spokane Valley for realigning the Centennial Trail under the bridge!

 

 


Mile 13.5-15 – Argonne/Maringo Gap
Argonne Bridge
Following east from Boulder Beach, the Centennial Trail moves onto the shoulder of Upriver Drive for five blocks. Here, the Trail would be re-routed to head north along Maringo Drive for approximately 3/4 mile.  The Trail would go underneath the Argonne bridge; space was provided for this routing during bridge rebuild. It would move back up to Maringo Drive, and continue east to the Donkey Islands Trailhead. This reroute would move approximately 2 miles away from busy arterial streets.  Project Update:  Spokane County plans include a grade separation from the Centennial Trail.  They are also working with Inland Empire Paper regarding their decision on an easement on the east side of Argonne, which would allow this project to move forward.

Mile 19 – Greene Street Trailhead
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US395 North Spokane Corridor has received $879M to complete the connection of the North Spokane Corridor from Francis Avenue, south to I-90.  Funding is spread out over 14 years with completion in 2029.  The Children of the Sun Trail, which parallels the North Spokane Corridor, will also extend to I-90.  It will connect with the Centennial Trail at Greene Street on the north side of the Spokane River, with Tuffy’s Trail on the south side of the river at Greene Street, and with the Ben Burr Trail near I-90.  WSDOT estimates work on the north side of the Spokane River to be completed by 2023 and work south of the river by 2029.

 

Mile 20.5 – Mission Avenue Gap
£ Crossing Mission Avenue and continuing east on Upriver Drive is a safety challenge requiring
special design attention.  Mission Avenue is a major east/west four-lane arterial over the Spokane River.  From Mission Park, Centennial Trail users are faced with BNSF railroad track crossing, a challenging pedestrian crossing and a tight right turn to deteriorating sidewalks next to congested west-bound traffic to reach Upriver Drive.  
In spring, 2012, the City of Spokane studied the Mission Gap project and presented conceptual designs.

The final study has been divided into three phases and endorsed by the City of Spokane Park Board :
Phase 1 – Surface Improvements, separating the Trail from the parking lot through Mission Park, separating the Trail from the roadway along Mission Avenue adjacent to the Avista campus and improving visibility and functionality of the pedestrian refuge island within the Mission Avenue crossing at Perry Street.
Phase 2 – Trail bridge over Mission Avenue

Phase 3 – Trail tunnel under the BNSF tracks in Mission Park.
Project Update:
Phase 1:  The Spokane Regional Transportation Council has funded $443,250 for “Centennial Trail, Mission Avenue Gap – Surface Improvements,” with Friends of the Centennial Trail committing $18,500 in matching funds.  The project will be completed in 2017.
Phase 2:  Spokane City Council has approved an intracity loan of $1 million for the East Mission Bridge.  Total project cost is estimated at $2.5 million and Friends of the Centennial Trail plans to commit matching funds.
Concept images and overviews are posted here on the City of Spokane Engineering Services webpage.  Learn more:  Getting There: Bridge best choice for Centennial Trail crossing at Mission.

 

Mile 22 – Don Kardong Bridge
Don Kardong Bridge runners With 10,000 college students between Gonzaga University and Riverpoint campus, the Don Kardong Bridge is a major connector between the institutions and downtown Spokane.  Failing decking and faded paint  must be replaced.  Friends of the Centennial Trail are advocating for City of Spokane Parks and Recreation to make these improvements a high priority as they upgrade city bridges and Riverfront Park.

 

 

Mile 22 – Spokane Convention Center Expansion
Project Completed!
Convention Center expansionFrom the Division Street Bridge to Washington Street Bridge, the Centennial Trail has been completely rebuilt.  Convention Center views showcase Riverfront Park, north bank of the river and Gonzaga University like never before. 
Extensive work to restore and landscape the Spokane River shoreline is beautiful; the addition of over 75 trees, hundreds of native plants, artwork and signs make this area flourish.  We extend our thanks to Land Expressions, Garco Construction and the Spokane Public Facilities District for their work!

 

Mile 23 – Veteran’s Park Gap
Gap completed!
Veteran's ParkTo better connect the Centennial Trail from downtown Spokane through the West Central neighborhood to Riverside State Park, the Trail was re-routed through Riverfront Park and across the Post Street Bridge.  The Trail turns left at Bridge Street, continues through Veteran’s Park and extends west under the Monroe Street Bridge to Kendall Yards.
The work was done in partnership with the West Quadrant Tax Increment Finance District (WQTIF), Greenstone Corporation in conjunction with Kendall Yards and the City of Spokane.

 

Mile 24 – Kendall Yards Gap
Gap completed!
Grand OpeningKendall Yards revives the vision of the Olmsted Brothers Great Gorge Park, including the long-awaited extension of the Centennial Trail from Monroe to the Sandifur Bridge and Summit Boulevard to the northwest.  Here, the Centennial Trail is a vital “northwest connector” route to downtown Spokane for both recreational and get-to-work commuting. It provides the framework for an interconnected network of pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, publicly accessible plazas and open space at Kendall Yards, connecting homes and businesses and providing connections to the adjacent neighborhoods and downtown.  This grand addition of our Centennial Trail is simply breathtaking!  Thank you Greenstone and the City of Spokane for making this dream a reality!  Read The Spokesman-Review editorial here:  Centennial Trail’s newest section offers river view not seen before.

 

Mile 25 – Bridge Avenue to Boone/Summit Blvd Gap
Gap completed!
Mile 25 overlook
From the west side of Kendall Yards at Bridge Avenue, the Centennial Trail descends to an abandoned Great Northern Railroad bed paralleling N. Summit Boulevard.  From the end of the rail line at milepost 25, the Trail turns due north, traversing gently up the hillside to the intersection of Summit Boulevard and Boone Avenue.  The view is fantastic!  Thanks to the City of Spokane for this beautiful new section of Centennial Trail! 

 

 

Mile 26 – N. Summit Blvd. to T.J. Meenach Bridge Gap
Project underway!
Doomsday Hill -N Pettit Dr Mile 26
Following N. Summit Blvd. to Pettet Drive, then turning north onto Pettet Drive (Doomsday Hill) to TJ Meenach Bridge, is the opportunity to
improve this existing Centennial Trail route, creating a better, safer bike and pedestrian experience with signage, striping and traffic-calming elements.  Work is underway by the City of Spokane to install a 14 foot shared use path and an 8 foot gravel jogging shoulder on Pettet Drive, in conjunction with a CSO tank project.

 

Mile 37 – Carlson Road Gap
Safety calls for moving pedestrians and bicycles away from a sloping, narrow roadway from the Carlson trailhead moving north to Charles Road and Nine Mile Bridge. Approximately 0.5 miles of Centennial Trail would be realigned away from the main roadway, providing safe separation from motorized traffic on a new 10’ wide section of Trail. SRTC has approved TAP Funding in its 2018-2020 budget for $442,116.  Spokane County will fund $58,845 and Friends of the Centennial Trail has pledged $10,000 in matching funds for this project.

 

Miles 37.5-39 – Northwest Extension
Gap Completed!
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This 1.7 mile addition from Sontag Park, running through a beautiful wooded area and ending at the Nine Mile Recreation Area, enhances Centennial Trail access and beautifies the experience.  Funding included $100,000 from Avista and $20,000 from our Trail Builder’s Fund.  Thank you to WWRP, Washington State Parks and Recreation and Avista!

Centennial Trail gaps will be completed when funding is secured project-by-project.  Help close our Trail gaps with your  gift today!