Trail Projects

Significant gaps exist in our Centennial Trail which inhibit 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 new bridge!



Mile 13.5-15 – Argonne/Maringo Gap
Argonne Bridge
Moving east from Boulder Beach, the Centennial Trail shares the shoulder of Upriver Drive for five blocks. Here, the Trail would re-route to Maringo Drive for approximately 3/4 mile.  The Trail would go underneath the north side of Argonne bridge; space was provided during bridge rebuild. It would move back up to the community garden, turn right onto Maringo Drive and continue east to the Donkey Islands Trailhead. This reroute would move approximately 2 miles away from Upriver Drive, a busy arterial.  Project Update:  Spokane County will pursue funding in 2018.  They are working with Inland Empire Paper to grant an easement at the community garden on the east side of Argonne, which would allow this project to move forward.

Mile 19 – Greene Street Trailhead

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.  Mission Avenue is a major arterial.  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 Avenue Gap project and presented conceptual designs.  The final plan was divided into three phases and endorsed by the City of Spokane Park Board.
Project Update:
Phase 1:  Improvements from the parking lot through Mission Park, separating the Trail from the roadway along Mission Avenue adjacent to the Avista campus and improving safety on the pedestrian refuge island within the Mission Avenue crossing at Perry Street.
The Spokane Regional Transportation Council has funded $443,250 for the project and we have contributed $18,500 in matching funds from our Trail Builder’s Fund.  The project will be completed in fall, 2017.

Phase 2:  Trail bridge over Mission Avenue.
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.
Phase 3:  Trail tunnel under the BNSF tracks in Mission Park.
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 University District 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.
Project Update:
City of Spokane Parks and Recreation plans to renovate the bridge in 2019 include replacing the deck, painting, and securing the railing. Proposed new decking would be similar to the Iron Bridge, just to the east.  Renovation estimate is  $1.2M and Friends of the Centennial Trail have pledged $75,000 from our Trail Builder’s Fund for 30% conceptual design to kick off the project so funding may be obtained!


Mile 22
Riverfront Park Redevelopment
Project Underway!

Riverfront Park is undergoing a major facelift between now and 2020.  Centennial Trail users will need to detour around the park; watch for orange markings between the King Cole Bridge at the Spokane Convention Center and The Nest at Kendall Yards!
Centennial Trail Detour map 4×2
Learn more about the project here.

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
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! 

Bridge Avenue to Pettet Drive on N. Summit Blvd.
Similar to the High Drive road renovation, Friends of the Centennial Trail have encouraged the City of Spokane to complete and connect the Centennial Trail in the West Central neighborhood.  We envision a separated asphalt trail following the north side of the road.


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 a separated trail, signage, striping and traffic-calming.  The City of Spokane has installed an 8 foot gravel jogging shoulder on Pettet Drive, in conjunction with a CSO tank project.  We look forward to a new access path on to the bridge and bike lane/Trail updates on the bridge deck.

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 2.2 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!