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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Centenial Trail Construction Allert Update and more news about long distance trails.

As  noted in our previous blog page announcement, a large section of the Centennial Trail is getting a major repair due to problems with trees roots buckling the pavement.

Here are some photos of the work being done on the Centennial Trail:

A view of the problem roots that are buckling the pavement.

The contractor at work digging out the problem roots.

Repairs on the Centennial Trail.

At the same time farther north, despite the rainy weather, Sonohomish County Public Works is repairing and decking the historic Railroad Bridge over Boulder River on the Whitehorse Trail.  This is the next to the last bridge repair needed as Snohomish County Parks makes rapid progress toward a complete opening of the Whitehorse Trail, possibly less than a year from now.

Snohomish County Public Works repairing the bridge over Boulder River on the Whitehorse Trail.

Centennial Coalition members recently visited another rails to trails park along the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY and shared these photos: 

New York State Parks has resurrected this old railroad bridge to become Walkway over The Hudson, which, as the sign says, is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

The bridge is one and a quarter miles long and the walking deck is 200 feet above the river.