Spring 2021 E-News
Ellen and Rick Peller have biked the Centennial Trail for many years and this year set a goal to walk all of its miles in Washington. They started last month and have walked 22 of the 39.2 miles by parking their car, walking two miles out and back. "It has been a great adventure, says Ellen, "we see the Spokane River from so many different angles and feel the hills in different ways, slowed down by walking as opposed to biking. COVID has inspired new challenges!"

COVID has also proved the importance of data when it comes to Centennial Trail use. For years, use was “counted” by the number of cars found in trailhead parking lots on random days. Today, we want to know how many bikes and how many pedestrians enjoy the Centennial Trail at particular locations at every hour -- and, we want handy date access via wireless technology. Centennial Trail user data drives property development, tourism marketing, home sales, grant funding applications, and is important for our growing region.
Thanks to dedicated donors to our Trail Builder’s Fund, we recently purchased EcoCounters for City of Liberty Lake, City of Spokane Valley and Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission. By April 1, “bike and ped” counting will begin at Harvard Road, Mirabeau and Wilber Trailheads. They will join EcoCounters installed at Barker Road Trailhead, Mission Park, Don Kardong Bridge and Kendall Yards, to give a fantastic overview of Centennial Trail use and impact.  
Unveil the Trail Hiatus
It feels like spring, 2020, all over again as we are unable to host our annual Unveil the Trail Centennial Trail clean-up over Earth Day, due to COVID-19 risk and liability. This year, we ask all Centennial Trail users for help! Please pitch in to pick up trash in a safe manner and responsibly dispose of it if possible. If you are a part of a group interested in an organized volunteer clean-up event, please contact the State Parks Volunteer Coordinator here.
Cycle Into Spring!
This weekend, March 26-28, follow a self-guided bicycle route through Downtown Spokane, Kendall Yards, and the University District. The bicycle route starts at the Numerica Ice Ribbon and Sky Ribbon Café in Riverfront Park and will utilize the Centennial Trail and some Spokane streets. The ride will give you spectacular views of the Spokane River and plenty of opportunities to stop for coffee or a bite to eat. Throughout the self-guided bicycle route goat wayfinding signs will help you stay the course! Learn more here.
Team Leadership
Our Board of Directors focus on our mission to enhance the Spokane River Centennial Trail and support spur trails and adjacent parklands. We greatly appreciate their service:

Chairperson: Melanie Keiser, Hart Capital/Mercer Advisors
Vice-Chair: Jackie Post, Spokane Regional Health District
Secretary: Dean Feldmeier, DoubleTree Hilton Spokane City Center
Treasurer: Mike Merritt, CPA
At-Large: Linda Hendricksen, Northwest Farm Credit Services
Dan Maguire, TC Energy
Members:
Lori Barlow, City of Spokane Valley
Amy Condon, ITRON
Barry Greene, Spokane County
Nick Murto, Seven2
Gair Petrie, retired attorney
Brian Vandenburg, Avista

Special thanks to Greg Loew and Mike Basinger for six years of Board leadership and guidance and warm welcome to new FCT Board Members, Lori Barlow, City of Spokane Valley, and Brian Vandenburg, Avista (pictured left)!
Wheel Sport
Thank you FCT Members and Adopt-a-Mile Partners!
Individual and Family Membership
Dawn Abernathy, Loyd & Sally Phillips, Zoe Anne Smith, Sharon De Mills-Wood, Sally Lodato, Meg Hergert, Don Barden, Coleen Wisenor, Anonymous, Cindy Whaley, Klaus Huschke, Marie & Clifford Hackney, Louise Everett, Jeno Leone, Carlos Delgadillo, Timothy Hansen, Peter & Linda Casimir, Gary Reymers, Robert & Lois Iller, Danial & Susan Baker, Ginger & Jerry Carlson, Peter & Diane Joss, Kennard & Marie Kapstafer, Richard and Judith Gammon, Susan & Dennis Garrood, Gail & Dexter Amend, Cris Currie & Nora Searing, Sally & Walter Bonsack, Celeste & Dan Sterrett, Terence B. Allen, M.D. & Kim N. Thorburn, M.D., Sue & Gene Blankenship, Nancy Correll, William Aslin, Helen Eggleston Byrne & Leonard Byrne, Sandra & William McMillan, Susan & Truman Bradley, Doug & Theresa Tesarik, Max & Tula Patterson, Donna & Daniel Burt, John & Amy Packard, Susan & Terry Sawyer, Barbara & Garry Kehr, Helen & Bob Fisher, William & Jean Greene

Welcome New Members!
Michael Rocks, Elana Stahl, Denis Bassett, Pam & Dave Remmel, Pamela Belasco, Brian Vandenburg
Century & Millennium Club Members
Jay & Kay Walter, Priscilla & Tim Ice, Amy Condon, Melanie Keiser, Linda Milsow, Carol & Robin Stobie, Pamela & David Zack, Darcy Kelly, Inge Hendron, Swartley Donor Fund, Karen & Peter Wildman, Barbara & Chuck Hinzman, Carol & Bob Christianson, Tighe & Mary Beth Smith, Eileen Hyatt & Michael Condon, Lyn Rika Ream, Todd & Christine Weaver, Diane & Ted Ketcham, Sheila Wagner-Harless & Jim Harless, James & Linda Hunt, Lyle & Kathy Wendling, Richard & Lois Steury, Marv & Sandy King, Christie & Mike Hinnen, Patricia Mayer, William Simer & Renee Rolando, Debbie & Bill Pierce, Dennis Fredrickson, Mike & Cathy Henneberry, Mary & Larry Wright, Claude & Sharon Kistler, Bruce & Debra Howard, Greg & Loreen McFaul, Kathleen Johnson, Jackie Post, Scott & Robin Redman, Mike Merritt & Jeri Self-Merritt, Bill Fitzner, Ronald Collins, Susan & Daniel Bresnahan, Mike & Jodi Wende, Naomi Franklin, Joey & Paula Reagan, Anne Laflamme, Linda & Steve Swartley, Kristi Kinkade-Schall

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Moving Forward
We hope you and yours continue to recreate on the Centennial Trail – from a safe social distance – for physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.

If you see something that isn't quite right or safe on the Centennial Trail, please report it! Download the My311 App in the App Store.

Thank you for your support!

Loreen McFaul, CFRE
Executive Director