Skagit Trail Builders (STB) evolved out of our group Mount Vernon Trail Builders (MVTB). Our work at Little Mountain Park began May of 2009, and ended March of 2017. In those seven years we amassed more than 14,000 volunteer hours; building and maintaining seven miles of high quality and sustainable multi-use trails.
It is important to note, before our work could begin we had to earn the opportunity through advocacy. We encouraged our friends, families, and the community to attend public meetings to express their collective support for trails. That advocacy, nearly a decade ago, produced a trails-centric vision for Little Mountain Park.
We are grateful for the opportunity we had at Little Mountain Park. Our goal was to make the park more accessible to the public. The Heart of the Park (HOP) Public Trails Facility and Bicycle Skills Park plan evolved out of the park’s increased use. We are pleased to hear that Mount Vernon plans to build it; adding parking, restrooms and a bicycle skills park.
Oddly, there is still a moratorium on building more trails at Little Mountain Park, and frankly the ban makes no sense. It is not supported by best practices principles, we know, and new facilities will only increase park use, putting pressure on the trails system.
We are proud of the trails we built. The City’s shortsightedness (if tolerated) will result in their overuse and decline. The City’s Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan is being updated, so speak up – we did our best. If you want more trails, take their survey, and also go to the public meeting. It is your park, tell the City what YOU want!
In May we begin a new trails project in Sedro-Woolley, at the SWIFT Campus center; working with Skagit County Parks and Recreation, the Port of Skagit, and the City of Sedro-Woolley. We are excited, and hope we see many of you there…
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Our mission continues to be building multi-use trails, ones designed for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers – and to connect these trails to local parks, schools, neighborhoods and our down-towns. This in our view provides the greatest benefit to the residents of Skagit County, and its visitors – to walk, run, and bike for fun, recreation, transportation, and health.
Lastly, we asked (in prior posts) that you show your support for local trails, and many of you did. Thank you! The Skagit County Parks and Recreation comprehensive planning process is still underway. We promise to keep you posted, and remember – our collective engagement to advocate for trails is essential!
The following video is old, created when we were MVTB, but it sums up what our group is about – and what we have planned going forward…
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