Trail Clean-Up

George Johnson, a member of the Rainier City Council, participates in a work party to clean up brush and grass around the Yelm-Tenino Trail last June.

Rainier city staff and council members are hoping a long-pursued name change for the Yelm-Tenino Trail will gain the approval of the Thurston County commissioners.

During a Southeast Thurston Economic Development Initiative meeting on Friday, Feb. 21, City Administrator Charmayne Garrison read a letter recently submitted to the three commissioners, who were present at the meeting.

Rainier residents, city government officials and advocates for the area are attempting to rename the Yelm-Tenino Trail the TRY Trail in an effort to include the city of Rainier, which maintains a section of the 14.5-mile trail between Yelm and Tenino.

“As the trail goes right through the city of Rainier and next to our city hall, we believe that Rainier should be included in the name of the trail and that the new name can be used as a marketing tool to attract visitors to Thurston County and the communities of Tenino, Rainier, Yelm and beyond,” the letter, dated Feb. 11, reads.

Following the meeting, Commissioner Gary Edwards voiced approval for the name change.

The former rail line turned trail was acquired by Thurston County in 1993. Efforts for its expansion into Pierce County by way of the Prairie Line Trail are currently being worked out between Pierce County-based organizations and the City of Yelm.

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