Facebook and REI Co-op announced in a press release that they will individually contribute $1 million in capital funds for the Eastrail, a trail system that runs 42 miles on the east side of Lake Washington.
“This is exactly the collaboration and public-private partnerships we work to create,” said Katherine Hollis, executive director of Eastrail Partners, in a press release. “REI and Facebook understand the impact the Eastrail will have in creating active transportation options for their employees and communities of Lake Washington’s Eastside.”
The Eastrail looks to provide connectivity to transit through four new Sound Transit Link light rail stations and by increasing access to outdoor health and wellness opportunities.
So far, $93 million has been invested in purchasing and improving the former rail corridor in the Puget Sound region. According to the release, about $233 million is still needed for the trail “to be fully realized as a multifaceted community asset.”
Several sections of the trail are owned by King County, like the Wilburton Segment through Bellevue, which runs past REI’s Bellevue store and by the Spring District. Facebook notably announced its procurement REI’s headquarters building Sept. 14.