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City of Eureka makes progress on Waterfront Trail project

EUREKA- The City of Eureka continues to move forward with a project to build a 6.5 mile coastal trail.

The Waterfront Trail will span from Herrick Avenue to Tydd Street. The City has already acquired funding for the southern portion of the project.  But now, it has received $2.5 million in federal funding to construct the middle and northern portions.  One hundred fifty thousand dollars of those funds will be used to secure legal access on private property to construct the trail.  Now, the City needs an additional $1.5 million in state funds to complete the project, which officials hope will be finished by the end of 2017.

"I think that the waterfront trail will do a lot for our waterfront.  I think it will bring economic development to our waterfront and i think it will also bring appropriate uses to our waterfront and kind of deter those inappropriate uses that have been going on in our waterfront for a long period of time," said Miles Slattery, the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Eureka.