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.

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

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.