Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Sculpture on the Centennial Trail: Rooted Embrace

Rooted Embrace by Debbi Rhodes.  Photo from Sarah Arney

"Rooted Embrace" by Debbi Rhodes, after installation on Tuesday. It now has a nice bed of bark around it. The sculpture is located in the 300 block of the trail, just north of the Arlington Police Station.
Arlington Arts Council saved up for two and a half years to purchase this piece of art for the Centennial Trail.  The pad was donated by Cuz Concrete, a lift was provided by Duane Oostra of Pape Bobcat, and the piece was fabricated by Allied Steel Fabricators in Redmond. 

Artist Debbi Rhodes created the piece that was purchased by the Arlington Arts Council and then donated to the City of Arlington.

The Arts Council raises money for public art during their annual art auction in October.

Promising Work Activity on The Whitehorse Trail

There have been encouraging things happening on the Whitehorse Trail, on the ground and in the news.

On June 20th, the last day of Spring, what one might call Summers Eve, I found an ambitious crew working away on the Whitehorse Trail near Fortson Mill Ponds.   Snohomish County has hired several summer work crews as part of a community development plan.

This area of the Whitehorse Trail, popular with fisherman and bird watchers, has been in desperate need of brushing, and now there are people on the ground doing just that:

The trail near Forston Mill Pond is much wider than I realized, now that a crew has been out removing the old growth salmon berry and invasive weeds.

Now you can find the trail.  There is also new gravel on the access road.   The photo above shows the huge improvement compared with what the trail looked like before, which was similar to the photo below.

This is what an untended section of the Whitehorse Trail looks like just west of Swede Heaven Road.

With the new brush removal, the views of the river have improved.

There was only a small contingent of the work crew present when I encountered them, but the enormous effort and accomplishment in the past week is quite evident.  I have heard encouraging rumors of other improvements in the works: bridge decking and proper gates at the road crossings.  I look forward to future trips watching the progress.

Thank you Snohomish County.

This news in the Everett Herald recently:
County awards $6.4 million contract for Oso debris sifting

The article is mostly about the progress of re-opening SR 530, but also of note, it states:

"The contract also calls for clearing portions of the Whitehorse Trail, a former rail corridor roughly parallel to Highway 530."

It is good to hear that the County is committed to this additional luxury along with all the needed restoration work.

The Oso Slide has created many huge needs.  Helping families recover, and re-establishing full road access to Darrington are the current priorities, but the future of the Whitehorse Trail is still a promising work in progress.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Traffic Alert for Centennial Trail at Lake Armstrong Road

County Public Work Department is performing needed road improvements to Lake Armstrong Road and will need to use a 1, 000 ft section of the Centennial Trail for temporary motor vehicle access.

Users of the Centennial Trail will have normal access except for possible slight delays during the times noted below (10AM, 12 Noon, 2PM).

The project is scheduled to start on June 16, 2014 and be completed by June 27, 2014. The closure is for the section of road from Harvey Creek Road to the Centennial Trail Crossing at Lake Armstrong Road. Traffic control crews will be onsite Monday – Thursday, 730am – 4:00pm. Motor vehicle use of the trail will be limited to 10am, 12 (noon), and 2pm each day during the construction period.

This traffic control will primarily affect the homeowners on Lake Armstrong Road.