Saturday, January 20, 2018

Good News for the start of 2018

The Whitehorse Trail is back on track for getting a dramatic facelift in 2018.  There was a big delay in 2017 due to lack of a complete budget for Snohomish County Parks to implement the next phase of development.  The Washington State Legislature has overcome that complicated delay and passed a budget that will benefit quite a few community enhancement projects, including over a million dollars for the Whitehorse Trail.  This grant combined with other funding will be used by Snohomish County Parks to start putting down a nice new smooth gravel surface starting at the Centennial Trail junction in Arlington.  The amount of new surface will depend on current contract and supply costs.  The construction boom in the Seattle area is having a big impact on construction planning and costs for the entire region.  The goal for 2018 is to have the Whitehorse Trail mostly open by the end of 2018.

Join us at our next general meeting, Thursday March 15th 5:30 PM, co-hosted by Snohomish County Parks 6705 Puget Park Dr, Snohomish, WA 98296 (Map).  This will give you a great chance to see maps and get the latest information for plans on the Whitehorse Trail and extensions to the Centennial Trail for 2018.   There is lots in the works for long distance trail connections in the region.  The folks from Snohomish County Parks will be glad to share and answer questions.

A group of recreation organizations (Washington Trails Association, Access Fund, American Whitewater, etc.) has asked the CTCSC to help share this Darrington area recreation and lodging survey.   Please take a moment to help them with this project.

While we have you thinking about trails and recreation for the new year, consider renewing or joining the Centennial Trail Coalition for 2018.  As advocates for long distance trails in Snohomish County, we want to actively get your participation in planning and learning about needs, dreams, and current conditions that we can share with Snohomish County Parks.  The Coalition has a developed and very solid relationship with Snohomish County Parks for over 25 years and we can be effective advocates for you.  We pride ourselves in having active participation from the hiking, equestrian, biking, and adjacent land owner communities that enjoy the trails.  The sidebar on this page will link you to a way to join and a small membership donation.

Thank you, and please let us know what you are looking forward to in 2018.

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