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Richland city leaders getting ideas for Keene Trail improvements

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RICHLAND, Wash. --Richland city leaders are improving and extending the trail system along Keene Road and they're making sure the public has a say.

 Wednesday night the city hosted a meeting to get ideas on what people would like to see along the trail, which runs from the West Richland city limits to the Kennewick city limits.

 Part of that is a new stretch of trail being added as part of the Keene Road widening.  It will join the trail that currently ends at the West Richland city limits and run to Queensgate.

City leaders already had several ideas and are now even more excited now that several people at Wednesday night's meeting offered up new ideas.

"We're looking at park benches. Of course everyone wants to see the tree canopy on there so we're hoping to have the whole Keene Road corridor, the 100-foot spacing of trees, large trees for a good canopy. Also drinking fountains at least every mile," said Richland Parks and Recreation Senior Planner Dave Bryant.

Exercise stations along the trail are also being considered and because of the dog park at Badger Mountain Park, dog waste stations will be added.

 The city is now going after grant money, but groups like the Columbia Center Rotary have already agreed to donate some water fountains and park benches.  City leaders plan to work with similar groups to see if they would donate things like park benches or other exercise equipment.

City leaders will present several scenarios for the Richland Parks Commission to consider at their March 10th meeting.

Because this isn't considered a major project, the parks commission has the final vote.

Public works leaders hope to get bids out on the landscaping elements by June or July, which means portions of the project will start and be complete before the end of the year. 

Dave Bryant also wanted to remind everyone that Richland's splash park at Badger Mountain Park will be open by May.