Happy New Year! Thank you for helping make 2013 a great year
Thank you, volunteers and corporate sponsors, for your dedication to making Snohomish County's parks a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.
In 2013, your Snohomish County Parks system hosted 4.7 million visitors and celebrated completion of Tambark Creek and Miner's Corner county parks, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony opening Lake Stickney county park and designated the Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary
a county park.
Improvements were made to the floating boardwalk at North Creek county park and the public use grass/lawn area at Kayak Point county park was increased. The Conservation Futures Fund has authorized the parks department to purchase the eastside rail corridor (Woodinville to Snohomish) and add property to several parks, including Flowing Lake, Esperance, Lake Stickney, Steelhead and O'Reilly Acres county parks. We hope to have acquisitions completed by the end of 2014.
Over 43,000 volunteer hours were logged in 2013. Special volunteer efforts included cleanup days at the Centennial Trail, Lake Stickney, Kayak Point and Steelhead county parks. Sundquist Homes sponsored the "Movies in the Park" series (7th year), along with Gold Creek Community Church who provided bouncy houses and pre-movie music. Thrasher's Corner Sports Grill sponsored its 11th annual benefit golf tournament to fund youth activities, raising over $2,000. Willis Tucker Park also hosted the Friday afternoon Farmer's Market and the National Night Out event in August.
We wish you joy and happiness throughout the new year and look forward to seeing you in 2014.
Snohomish County planning and development services management team volunteer to clean up Kayak Point park
Park Rangers at Kayak Point park thank the planning and development services management team for their volunteer efforts at the park in December. The team cleaned campsites, fire rings and picnic tables, raked the grounds at the yurt village and blew leaves along the drive to the beach and the beach area. Park Ranger Joe Adams said he has never seen the park look so clear at this time of year -- it is in peak summer-time condition.
Centennial Trail Coalition and Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians present grant for the Whitehorse Trail
Russ Bosanko, Nick Gero, Kathryn Watanabe, Rick Schrank, Matt Riggen, Tom Teigen,
George Winters, Betty Bauer celebrate
"passing the bucks". Photo credit Sarah Arney
The Centennial Trail Coalition board members presented a $5,000 check to Snohomish County parks for improvements to the Whitehorse Trail on Nov. 21. The donation represents a generous grant from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians for improvements on the trail.
The grant helped finance the recent safety improvements that have allowed Snohomish County Parks to open the 10-mile section of the Whitehorse Trail from the Resilience Arch to Cloverdale Farms. Plans are in progress for improving the gravel bed in this newly-opened section.
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation strives to provide safe, enjoyable, attractive parks with diverse programs and responsive services that enhance our quality of life and preserve the natural and recreational resources of Snohomish County.