Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Section of Whitehorse Trail Closed due to Land Slide

Snohomish County Closes Whitehorse Trail Between Centennial Trail and Trafton

EVERETT, Wash., March 21, 2018Snohomish County Parks has closed 2.6 miles of the Whitehorse Regional Trail indefinitely due to significant earth movement. The trail will be closed between the juncture of the Centennial Trail in Arlington to Trafton. The trail was scheduled to be resurfaced and officially opened this fall. Because of the slide, Parks will redirect the resurfacing funds to a different section of trail.

Parks staff will be working closely with Snohomish County Public Works geogoligists to assess the earth movement. We will also work to identify funds for civil engineering and construction to repair and reinforce approximately 1,400 feet of trail and embankment.

While this section of trail has been officially closed for years, many have been using this segment. Any users of this section of the trail are putting themselves and their companions at risk.

For detailed questions, contact Amy Lucas at 425-388-6620 or James Yap 425-388-6610.

Map of closed area on Whitehorse Trail, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Add Your Input to Snohomish County Parks Trail Planning

Snohomish County Parks is reaching out to trail enthusiasts and interested parties to help with their updated long term trail plans.

Parks staff and planners gave a presentation in conjunction with the regular General Meeting of the Trail Coalition of Snohomish County on Thursday March 15 at Willis Tucker Park Administrative offices.  There were maps available for visitors to look at and add suggestions.  They also give a summary of how projects will get funded.  The goal is to provide popular County trails that reach communities and connect to popular recreation areas and destinations.   The Parks planners envision a system with the Centennial Trail and the Interurban Trail as primary north-south routes with a ladder of east-west trails connections.  One of the key maps is provided below.  At this point this is a proposed plan and a doable plan.  County Parks would like your input to make it a practical and popular desired plan.

This Trail Plan is ambitious and visionary.  The great success of the Centennial Trail and the continued popular interest in trail connections for both non-motorized commuting, and recreational activities has strong support from the Snohomish County Parks and Snohomish County Council and the towns and communities of the area.

Some of these trail plans already have major funding and will see progress this year, such as the Whitehorse Trail and North Creek Trail and a connection between Snohomish and Everett.  Other trail ideas are more aspirational such as ideas to connect to Robe Valley and to National Forest areas in the eastern part of the county.

Put on your thinking cap and take some time to look at maps.  Come to our future meetings and give your ideas and ask more in-depth question if you have them.  Our trail coalition is here to advocate for your ideas and facilitate communication between all types of users, land owners, and communities.

Our next General Meeting will be at the Snohomish County Parks and Tourism offices next to Willis D. Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr, Snohomish.  Thursday June 21st, 5:30 to 7 PM.

You are also very welcome to our monthly board meetings listed in the blog post calendar.

For more information from Snohomish County Parks on these public outreach meetings please call Principal Planner Sharon Swan at 425-388-6616 or Tom Eksten at 425-388-6606.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Snohomish County Parks Trail Planning Meeting

Snohomish County Trail Planning Meeting

EVERETT, Wash., February 28, 2018  

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, along with the Trail Coalition of Snohomish County, will host an initial public and stakeholder meeting to provide updates on current trail projects ( i.e. Whitehorse Trail, Snohomish to Woodinville Centennial Trail South, Snohomish to Monroe, Monroe to King County’s Snoqualmie Trail, North Creek Trail and trail connections with the City of Lake Stevens,  City of Marysville, etc.). In addition, we will be listening and gathering input from county residents on trail priorities and other regional trail ideas.

The first of these meetings will be held at  Willis Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, on Thursday, March 15, 530pm – 7:30pm.

For more information on these public outreach meetings please call Principal Planner Sharon Swan at 425-388-6616 or Tom Eksten at 425-388-6606.

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department