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 in Sedro-Woolley now, working on the Northern State Regional Trails Project. Following three special sessions, our first “public” volunteer session was held May 11th. This month (in June) our work to connect the SWIFT Campus center to adjacent Skagit County Parks and Recreation property will begin – by building a bridge.
Our mission is to build multi-use trails, designed for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers – and connect these trails to local parks, schools, neighborhoods and to our down towns. This will benefit the residents of Skagit County and its visitors – so they can walk, run, and bike for fun, recreation, transportation, and health.
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The following video is old, created when we were MVTB – but it sums us up nicely…
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Background: Before work begins on a project a group must earn the opportunity. More than a decade ago we encouraged our friends, families, and the community to attend public meetings, to express a collective support for local trails. That advocacy, in Mount Vernon, helped us produce a trails-centric vision for Little Mountain Park.
Our goal was to make the park more accessible to the public. Years later, the plan for the Heart of the Park (HOP) Public Trails Facility and Bicycle Skills Park came together. This was the result of a dramatic increase in park usage. So money was raised, and a vision was adopted. Last we heard Mount Vernon plans to build it; to add parking, restrooms and a bicycle skills park. But oddly, a moratorium on the building of more trails at Little Mountain was put in place – and still exists.
Frankly the ban on building more trails makes no sense. Best practices principles does not support the ban. The new park facilities (if they happen) will further increase park use, to put more pressure on existing trails. We are proud of the trails we built at Little Mountain, so we hope that the City reconsiders.
In Mount Vernon an important lesson was learned. Trail users need to stay engaged, expressing support – or things can change.