Skagit Trail Builders evolved out of our group Mount Vernon Trail Builders. Our work at Little Mountain Park began May of 2009, and ended in 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.

But things change, we are now in Sedro-Woolley working on the Northern State Regional Trails Project. Our first “public” volunteer session was May 11th, next month (in June) we will connect the SWIFT Campus center to adjacent Skagit County Parks and Recreation property by building a bridge. Things are moving quickly!

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Some background: Before work begins on projects a group must earn the opportunity. Nearly a decade ago we encouraged our friends, families, and the community to attend public meetings, to express a collective support for trails. That advocacy, in Mount Vernon, produced a trails-centric vision for 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 due to the park’s increased use. So money was raised, and commitments made. We hear that Mount Vernon still plans to build it; adding parking, restrooms and a bicycle skills park – however they also put a moratorium in place on the building of more trails at Little Mountain.

The ban on building more trails frankly makes no sense, and is not supported by best practices. New park facilities (if they happen) will further increase park use, to put more pressure on the trails. We are proud of the trails we built at Little Mountain, so we hope the City reconsiders – allows more to be built…

Our mission continues to be building multi-use trails, designed for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers – and to connect these trails to local parks, schools, neighborhoods and our down-towns. This benefits the residents of Skagit County and its visitors – so they can walk, run, and bike for fun, recreation, transportation, and health.

In Mount Vernon an important lesson was learned, trail users need to stay engaged. In the absence a clear public voice, in support of trails, a City’s direction can change.

The following video is old, created when we were MVTB – but it sums us up…

 

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