Pathway receives major makeover

Former Sunnyside resident Wesley Fultz provided sealant services at cost. Fultz sealed cracks in the Lower Valley Pathway from the Sunnyside city limits to the Walmart Distribution center turn-off in Grandview.

Credit: Photo provided by Dr. Gary Martin
Former Sunnyside resident Wesley Fultz provided sealant services at cost. Fultz sealed cracks in the Lower Valley Pathway from the Sunnyside city limits to the Walmart Distribution center turn-off in Grandview.



Lower Yakima Valley Pathway, extending from 16th Street in Sunnyside to the entrance of Grandview, gets some heavy daily wear. With that in mind the pathway board of directors spent the summer cleaning up the five-mile long walkway.

From cracks in the pathway, created by steady use by Lower Valley walkers, skateboarders and cyclists, to the vandalism of the restrooms along the recreational path, the pathway volunteers have their hands full, according to Nancy Arvidson, a longtime member of the board.

In September the board learned the restrooms located midway between Sunnyside and Grandview on the pathway had been smeared with excrement.

“It was a horrid mess,” Arvidson said.

The board contacted Cliff’s Septic Services of Sunnyside to power wash the filthy facility.

According to pathway volunteer Libby Werkhoven, “...the clean-up was amazing.

“The service people even washed the graffiti off the walls during the cleaning,” she said. “There was even toilet paper sitting in the holder, when they got done.”

Pathway cracks have been sealed from the city limits of Sunnyside to the Walmart Distribution Center turn-off in Grandview, according to Pathway Board President Gary Martin.

Recently, former Sunnyside resident Wesley Fultz spent two days sealing the cracks in the walkway.

“He did it at his cost for the rubber material,” Martin said. “We sincerely appreciate Fultz for his help in sealing the more than 250 cracks in the pathway surface.

“The total cost was $1,130. A real bargain for us,” he added.

“We thank everyone who has helped maintain the pathway, from picking up garbage, to cleaning the toilet, to sealing those cracks,” Martin said.

Arvidson said most people who use the pathway are respectful and help keep it nice for everyone, but there are those few who just have to be nasty and rude.

“The pathway is a wonderful resource used by many people, not just those from our community,” Arvidson said. “We appreciate all of those who help maintain the facility.

“We’d just like to remind people that the pathway is a public facility and we all need to work to keep it useable,” she added.



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