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City of Yakima Begins Construction on Walter Ortman Pkwy

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Walkers in Yakima will soon have an easier time getting around town. The city has started construction on the Walter Ortman Parkway.

The project will create a 6.5 mile pedestrian-friendly loop connecting the Powerhouse Canal Pathway with the William O. Douglas Trail. The Ortman Parkway will add nearly a mile of new paved pathway to the City of Yakima system.

The parkway will extend the pathway in North Central Yakima from Swan Avenue through McGuiness Park and eastward along Willow Street to 5th Avenue. From there, the pathway system heads north and connects with a section of the William O. Douglas Trail, an 80-mile recreational pathway that begins on 6th Avenue in Yakima and eventually leads to Mount Rainier National Park.

The $200,000 project, funded by a federal grant, should be finished by late spring or early summer.

The new pathway is one of the projects the city is working on as a result of the 2012 City of Yakima Citizen Survey. Survey results found walking and hiking opportunities are an activity that many community members highly value. The survey found walkways, pathways, and trails needed to be a priority for city investments.

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