YAKIMA, Wash.--If you love the outdoors and live in Yakima, things may have just become a little better for you.
A group of people who have put a lot of hard work into preserving and expanding trails at Cowiche Canyon celebrated a job well done Thursday.
The goal of the South Rim Project campaign was to raise $350,000 to purchase and maintain 145 acres of land for the conservancy. This land runs from the creek, all the way up and over the ridge from Summitview Avenue and all the way down to the Cowiche Canyon Trail.
Board members said this acquisition of land could allow them to open a trail head right on Summitview Avenue, the greenway or other public areas.
"This is sort of a refuge for a lot of people where they in a matter of a 3 mile drive or bicycle ride can get to a place free of homes, free of businesses, and they can feel like they're much further away then they are," said Becky Lang-Boyd, the Capital Campaign Co-Chair for the project.
The Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is a land trust founded in 1985 to preserve creek watershed areas. The conservancy owns more than 2,000 acres and manages more than 30 miles of trails.