Monday, September 1, 2014

New things happening along the trails

Don Kusler writes to point out two new improvements on the Centennial Trail:

  • A traffic light has been added to the crossing at 2nd Street in Snohomish.
  • The school kids at Centennial Middle School will soon have a better way to use the Centennial Trail to get  to school.  A paved connector and crossing light will help  youth to walk and bike to school.

Blake Trask of Washington Bikes writes to invite everyone to join a celebration with Snohomish County Parks  having acquired land at Fortson Mill, creating a new trailhead along the Whitehorse Trail:
Event Description:

A 45 minute event at a Fortson Mill trailhead along the Whitehorse Rail Trail Corridor. The vent would bring together local, state, and federal elected leaders and staff, along with community members, work force teams, and supporting organizations to celebrate the partnerships, progress, and potential of the Whitehorse Trail. Event would feature updates from Snohomish County Parks, representatives of Arlington and Darrington, as well as others on future opportunities to grow support for completing the trail. Event would also highlight the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, including a potential  "Hike and Bike the Stilly Weekend" supported by organizations including Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, and others.

  • Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 am (expected event time 45 minutes)

  • Whitehorse Trail between Arlington and Darrington at Fortson Mill that shows some of the progress by the work force teams and Snohomish County Parks in improving the trail since the SR 530 Landslide

Benefits of the event include:
  • Highlight another element of economic recovery and development since the SR 530 landslide
  • Update participants on progress and next steps in funding opportunities to complete the 27-mile trail linking Arlington with Darrington
  • Highlight to media that great outdoor recreation opportunities exist into the fall in the Stilly Valley, including biking the Centennial Trail, the Mountain Loop Highway, gravel grinding, as well as numerous hikes around the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Thanks to local leadership for their work to elevate economic redevelopment opportunities in the Stilly Valley


View Fortson Mill Pond in a larger map

Thursday, August 21, 2014

An Art Project for Youth and the Community creates New Murals along the Centennial Trail

From the Everett Herald:

Program pairs at-risk teens with artist to create mural in Arlington

Camano artist Jill Mattison (center) mixes paint for the mural she designed and is working on with teenagers from the Promising Artists in Recovery Program near Haller Park in Arlington on Monday afternoon.

By Kari Bray, Herald Writer
ARLINGTON — They are turning the drab, dirty gray wall into a colorful story.

Photo from the Everett Herald
Check out this great story in the Everett Herald and then go out and see the new mural visible from the Centennial Trail just south of Haller Park in Arlington, at the southwest corner of Haller Ave and Railroad St.
Photo from Sarah Arney

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photos of New Activity and projects on Whitehorse and Centennial Trail

River in River Meadows Park.   Lots of people stopped by to find out what's new on the Centennial Trail, What is happening with the Whitehorse Trail, and asking when will the Centennial Trail connect to trails in King County.

Here are some photos to show recent improvements and progress along the trails.

A fine bench at the south end of Legion Park
Arlington has nearly finished the 67th Ave. project and this makes the final complete link for the Centennial Trail to be fully open and functional.  Scroll farther down to see some of the repair work on the Whitehorse Trail.

Watch for traffic here.  It is a complicated intersection.

The project plan envisioned on the project poster.

The current real image of the same spot.
Nice touches of art along the newest part of the trail.

Family fun on the Centennial Trail

Wonderful work is also happening along the Whitehorse Trail Snohomish County has hired a large crew of seasonal helpers to perform many civic cleanup and maintenance projects in the Stillaguamish Valley.  We are seeing lots of great community benefits from the hard work that the Worksource Snohomish Crews are doing.  One big example is the miles of brushing trails and cleaning drainage, work that makes a big difference saving the trails and making our hiking and horseback riding much better.
Work Source Snohomish crew is brushing and cleaning up the Whitehorse Trail

These new barriers are better for users and also make future maintenance access easier.

This washout along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River has been repaired and the Whitehorse Trail is reopened in this beautiful spot next to the river.
Thank you Snohomish County Workers for all the great benefits to our community.  Everyone, get out and enjoy these inviting spaces!