When the state released a list of projects that will receive grants through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board last week, a Methow Trails plan to expand the Mazama Corral parking lot wasn’t included.
But Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this week that there is still a good possibility that a grant will come through soon from a different funding category within the Recreation and Conservation Office, which administers the state grants.
Methow Trails included a $150,000 state grant among the funding sources for a project that would add parking, a warming hut, restrooms, picnic area, landscaping and a horse corral in the Mazama Corral area.
DeSalvo said earlier that funding for the project would come from several sources: a $100,000 investment by Methow Trails, $69,000 from Okanogan County, and $150,000 from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The Methow Trails portion is coming from its operating funds, DeSalvo said, and the county funds from hotel/motel occupancy taxes.
DeSalvo said he’s been assured that the state funding is still on the table for this year and that Methow Trails should get information about it in August.
Substantial work on the project could begin this fall, and it’s hoped that the whole project will be completed by fall of 2017, DeSalvo said earlier.