Next Bayfront Trails phase slated to be finished this year

Benedikt Jost, left, and Sara Cordes talk while walking down the Bayfront Trails in Hilo on March 3. Jost and Cordes are visiting the Big Island from Germany. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

A map of the existing and planned trails around the Wailoa State Recreation Area. The Phase 2 trails are in orange. (Hilo Bayfront Trails, Inc./Special to West Hawaii Today)

Work on the long-awaited next phase of the Hilo Bayfront Trails project should be complete by the end of the year, a county official said.