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 our 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, a moratorium to stop the building of more trails at Little Mountain Park still exists. The trails ban makes no sense, it is not supported by best practices principles. New facilities will increase park use, and put more pressure on the trail system. We are proud of the trails at Little Mountain, hopefully the City will reconsider.

On May 11th in Sedro-Woolley we hosted our first “public” volunteer session, launching the Northern State Regional Trails Project – that will connect the SWIFT Campus center to adjacent Skagit County Parks and Recreation property. We trust this project will interest you, and we sincerely hope you will get involved…

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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.

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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