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Gig Harbor, WA – July 2, 2012 - A beautiful 1,900 foot paved trail is planned to connect the Cushman Trail with Harborview Drive in the Museum District. The will allow users of the current trail to enjoy forest and harbor vistas on their way to the downtown waterfront area where they can continue their walk or run.

The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA) has worked with Rotary and the City of Gig Harbor for over two years in planning this improvement. The construction will involve a public-private partnership over the next two to three years. Funds will be raised in the community and significant donated labor is expected. Cost is estimated at $101,000 including the value of donated labor. The trail will be on City property and on an expected easement along the edge of the Haven of Rest property. Property owners Bob and Sharon Glass have been very supportive of this project.

A booth at the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival (July 14th, noon to 5 pm) will describe the proposed trail. The GHHWA has also announced that $10 per ticket (purchased after June 15th) will be donated to the project by the Glein and Morris Foundations. This generous donation will generate an initial fund of up to $5,000 for the project. Tickets can be purchased on the website or by calling the GHHWA office at 253-514-0071.

“This is the kind of project Rotary likes. Brian Callaghan of our club has donated engineering design services and our many Rotarians stand ready to help the community with volunteer efforts” said Mike Pinch, President of the morning Rotary club. Chuck Meacham of the GHHWA economic development committee has been coordinating with the City staff on design, environmental and easement issues.

The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association is a Main Street™ program with a mission to “promote economic vibrancy while preserving the character of the downtown waterfront area.” There are three Rotary clubs in Gig Harbor with combined membership of 2oo persons. Their motto is “Service above Self.”

The GHHWA and Rotary encourage you to attend the Wine Festival and visit the trail booth to learn more. Volunteer help and donations will be welcome.