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It is Fall, so back to digging…

On Saturday, September 14th work on the Pump House Trail resumed. Summer is behind us, the bridge is finished – and we celebrated the bridge and trail opening – so let’s get back to digging.

We had a light turnout at this session, but a great deal was accomplished. To see more photos checkout our gallery.

Our next session is Saturday, October 12th – please join us!


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Ribbon Cutting, Wed. (10/2)…

Again, a special thanks to the bridge build team: John Erbstoeszer, Jerry Granahan, Amos Grey, Gary Moody, James Neff, Lynn Postler, Kinsey Shilling, Art Tuftee, Bret Turner and John Yeager.

The New Bridge Is Done!

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Pictured above, our first bridge user, immediately following final cleanup on the morning of August 27th. We love the new bridge!

It reconnects the historic Northern State Hospital site to the land inmates once farmed. Art Tuftee and Jerry Granahan led the project. Eleven volunteers put in 250 hours, completing it in less than a week. Concept Construction LLC was the contractor, which is owned by Art – with Jerry acting as our crew leader.

Those helping were; John Erbstoeszer, Jerry Granahan, Amos Grey, Gary Moody, James Neff, Lynn Postler, Kinsey Shilling, Jim Taylor, Art Tuftee, Bret Turner and John Yeager. A special thanks to all of them!

For bridge building photos go to our gallery. Building trails isn’t cheap, we hope you will make a donation to help support our work…

Next session, September 14th – at 10:00 am…

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Restoring a “Historic Link”…

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Building the bridge to link County and Port properties is approved. Construction begins next month. This is great news!

Historic abutments exist, so on them stringers will be rested and secured. The railing assemblies (built offsite) will be moved in and attached, before installing decking. It is the same design our volunteers built at Little Mountain Park.

Assembly goes quickly, as you see above. The bridge will restore a historic link, one created over a century ago – that was used by patients.

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Our first “public” session…

Pictured above, from left to right: Leslie Estep, Germaine Kornegay and Gretchen Cohan. My guess is that Germain’s thumbs up was all about Leslie’s amazing lunch. Thanks Leslie and Roger, hard work and great food go together!

Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy was our guest group again, making a second appearance in consecutive sessions. The weather change between those sessions was dramatic. The grass we seeded was up, and temperatures at this session were in the 80’s.

Please checkout our gallery for more photos. To quickly recap the session, thirty one of us put in one hundred and fifty volunteer hours.

Guest groups and great lunches are essential. Please think about forming a guest group, or providing a tasty lunch – volunteers get hungry.

Next session, June 8th, is our last before Summer break – please get involved!

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Cascades Job Corps students…

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Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy demonstrated that great work can be done rain or shine. Above, on Saturday April 13, 2019, Job Corps volunteers stand on top of their work. We got a lot done, pushing through tough weather – with smiles. The mud that you see was seeded to pasture grass.

Skagit County Parks and Recreation was our lunch sponsor. Thank you! Guest groups and donated lunches in the past were central to our success. As you might guess, these hard working volunteers got hungry.

Our guest group calendar is open, and we’re looking for lunch donors or sponsors. If our work interests you please reach out to us…

May 11th is our first “public” session!

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The New Trails Project Shirt…

The above logo appears on the front of the new shirt, in the pocket location.

And this logo appears on back, which lists the project partners. The design was donated by Gwen Bolin. Thanks Gwen, we love it!