Yakima, The Greenway is a place for people to enjoy the outdoors and get some
now, the people who use the greenway will have to find another route to take.
half-mile stretch of The Greenway walking path near south of the Yakima
Regional Waster Water Treatment Plant is now closed so the city can start
habitat restoration along the Yakima River.
officials say this is necessary to attract wildlife back in the area.
are using natural resources to build a habitat, including recycled Christmas
trees. Salmon will use the trees has protection from predators.
city wants to keep the trail as beautiful and as accessible as before.
will be a really nice area on the greenway and it will be just as nice as the
existing trail route," said Utility Engineer, Ryan Anderson
path will open up again around the middle of October.
project will cost about $500,000, and is funded by federal, state and county
The city says the main goal is to bring vegetation that is beneficial to
both wildlife and the greenway corridor.
YAKIMA, Wash., -- A half-mile stretch of the Yakima Greenway pathway is temporarily closing Monday morning, along the Yakima River south of the Yakima Regional Wastewater treatment plant.
Crews using heavy equipment are removing culverts and preparing the site for the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant outfall lines into newly created side channels along the river. The pathway is being moved out of the floodplain to an area less likely to be damaged by high water. The relocation and rebuilding project is estimated to cost $290,000.
The pathway should reopen in October.
The City of Yakima also plans to use recycled Christmas trees and other wood waste to create a habitat for birds and other wildlife along the side channels of the greenway. The restoration work will cost nearly $500,000 using state, county and federal funds.