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Expansion could be coming for Yakima pathways

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Parks and Recreation presented a plan to the city council Tuesday that would expand the number of walkways and trails in the city.

In a 2011 Parks and Rec Community Survey, more than half of those asked said they wanted to see more walking and nature trails around town.

Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager, Ken Wilkinson says this latest plan would help by connecting smaller pathways to larger ones, making it easier for folks to get around.

"If we had ways where we could connect by walking or by bicycle to our libraries, to our schools, to the parks, to our commercial centers, we think that's a great thing to do," Wilkinson said.

He says it would cost anywhere from $50,000 to $300,000 per mile to build new pathways, but because of grants and private donations, he says this project would come at no cost to taxpayers.

Next, Parks and Rec is going to start looking at finalizing certain routes so they can begin raising money for construction.