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East-side Loop Trail Gains Local Ownership

June 14, 2013

The Apple Capital Loop Trail's local ownership and control is secure. The Washington State Department of Transportation will transfer the trail’s land to the city of East Wenatchee and Douglas County by the end of the month.

Last year, state legislature approved a budget proviso directing the transportation department to move ownership of the trail so that surplus land southeast of the Odabashian Bridge could be sold. Within that proviso, the trail’s property cannot be sold by the city or county and must be maintained as a public trail, effectively securing its future as a permanent community asset.

Exploration by the city and DOT on how to handle the surplus property and future developments will begin this fall. A signing ceremony to commemorate the transfer is set for June 25 at the Douglas County Transportation and Land Services Facility at 3:30 p.m.