CWU OKs John Wayne Trail easement
The Central Washington University Board of Trustees last week approved a trail and utility easement for a portion of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail reconnection route near Brooklane Village.
The agreement involves CWU and the city of Ellensburg. The easement is just over 1 mile in length along East 18th Avenue and north to East Helena Avenue.
“This easement is another example of the importance of the close working relationship between Central Washington University and the city of Ellensburg,” said CWU Trustee Ron Erickson said in a news release. “We are stronger together.”
The John Wayne Trail is the former Milwaukee Railroad bed, which used to run through the middle of campus. There’s a gap in the trail though the city of Ellensburg, and local and state officials have been working to fix it and provide a safe path for walkers, bicyclists, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.
The easement is a portion of the reconnection route. The easement was sought by the city to connect the land with Ellensburg’s non-motorized trail systems and utility easements, and provide an equestrian bypass.
Under the agreement, the city is responsible for maintaining the trail surface, water and power. CWU will continue to maintain landscaping within the easement.