WENATCHEE — The city has received a $200,000 state grant to do cultural and other surveys at Saddle Rock.
The work is required for the city to be eligible for a larger state grant to do habitat restoration and trail rebuilding at the Wenatchee landmark.
The City Council on Thursday voted to hire Hart Crowser of Seattle to do the assessment and develop a cleanup plan for the 300-acre natural area. The city will use the grant to pay the company $182,109 for the work.
As part of its work, Hart Crowser will by June look at past studies of Saddle Rock, plot the location of old mining sites and waste pilings, develop a plan for sealing mine openings and capping waste-rock piles, evaluate the public health risk of the mining materials, and survey for any archaeological and Native American cultural resources on the site that may need protecting.
The city has also applied for a $450,000 state grant to carry out the restoration and development work. It requires a $489,000 local match that would be provided by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.
That work will include construction of a permanent trailhead, handicap-accessible trail route, interpretive stations, bathrooms, an amphitheater, shelters and landscaping.