State Park officials looking to improve Willapa Hills State Park Trail

Washington State Parks is hosting a meeting to explain plans for continued development and improvement of a 15-mile section of the Willapa Hills State Park Trail between Raymond and Lebam. The meeting will be Monday at Willapa Valley Middle and High School in Lebam.

The state still needs funding to continue improving this stretch of trail, and park planners will apply for a grant in August through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program in the State Parks category.

If they are approved for the grant, it would provide funds for: compacted gravel trail surfacing; trail re-routing near Bridge 48; a new bridge at mile 38 near Lebam; two trailhead parking areas at Menlo and Lebam; and other minor improvements to various bridges.

For more information about the trail project and grant application process, contact Parks Planner Michael Hankinson at 360-902-8671 or