Sunday, July 16, 2017

Centennial Trail Lane Closure and Grand Opening of North Mt Bike Skills Area

Snohomish County Parks has announced a Lane Closure for the Centennial Trail south of Wade Road.  This project is evaluating a sinkhole problem along the trail. 

In other big news:
On Saturday, July 15, WA DNR and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance held the Grand Opening of the North Mountain Bike Skills park near Darrington.

The enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Whitehorse Cafe in Darrington, then bicycled the 2+ mile along the Whitehorse Trail connecting via the Powerline Road to the new skills park.  Once at the new information kiosk, Glen Glover of the Washington DNR along with Evergreen Director Yvonne Krause, Trails Director Mike Westra, Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin, Senator Kirk Pearson, and Friends of North Mountain Lookout Brianna Hawkins extolled the successful collaboration of many partners planning and executing this big project.

This is the first phase of the ongoing development of a major Mountain Bike Park.  These initial 4.5 miles on the lower mountain will be one part of a longer trail system starting from near the North Mountain Lookout on the summit.  Over 13 additional miles of downhill excitement and scenic terrain are currently in the planning stage.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Board Members Join Washington Trails Association Hiker Rally Day

Ben Rankin, Erik Tilman, Kallia Briscoe, WA State Representative John Koster, George Winters, Preston Johnson.  Photo by Kate Neville

Two of our Board Members Joined the Washington Trails Association Hiker Rally Day

Wednesday February 15th was a busy day promoting the benefits and values of outdoor recreation at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.  Two of our board members joined the WTA contingent with organized visits to our district representatives.  On the same day there was a huge tent set up next to the capitol provided by the Big Tent Outdoor Coalition.  The big tent had information booths for many outdoor groups and agencies, and presentations by several state wide organizations promoting trails and active recreation.

We joined WTA because they were well organized to provide space, and material, and schedule visits to each of our representatives.  It made sense to be there on a day of coordinated recreation interests.  We saw several of our partner agency staff, and other CTCSC members and past board members who were rallying to the capitol for the same general goals and opportunity to get a short chance to bend the ear of our leaders.

The key issues of the day for WTA also align well with the advocacy goals of the CTCSC, promoting the funding of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, promoting No Child Left Inside, and advocating to fund more rigorous study of the health benefits of trails for the community.

WTA brought Erik and George together with other participants from the 39th district (assignment was based on our voting district) and so we were extra lucky to be joined by WTA youth ambassadors from Darrington High School.  It is very likely that our group had the biggest showing of youth participants, and that surely is extra helpful in getting the attention of our busy legislators.

Senator Kirk Pearson, Rep. Dan Kristiansen, and Rep. John Koster each set aside some time to meet with our group.  This is a busy time of the season and the biennial budgeting process for them, so we appreciate that opportunity to visit them in each of their Olympia offices.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ride to Remember Oso

 Ride to Remember Oso web page
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
there will be a 
Celebration of Strong Communities

 There are three ways to participate in this event.  There will be a 28 mile bike ride from Arlington to Darrington, a 6 mile trail ride on the Whitehorse Trail, and community events in Darrington.

A prominent list of community organizations and businesses are sponsoring this fine event.  Check it out.
Contact Information
Phone:  City of Arlington Recreation 360-403-3448
Ride is managed by City of Arlington, Town of Darrington, and Snohomish County Parks and supported by BIKES Club of Snohomish County
McClinchy Mile
BIKES Club of Snohomish County
Americas Best Communities
Frontier Communications
The Weather Channel
American Red Cross
Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics
City of Arlington
Town of Darrington
Snohomish County Parks
Arlington Velo Sports
Comcast Cares
Community Transit