NEW! ALL AGES TRAIL IN THE UPPER SHINGLEMILL CREEK PRESERVE
Letter to our members from Erika Carleton, Vashon Land Trust Director of Development 11/18/19:
Yesterday was a great day.
In the parking lot at Vashon Community Care, the board and staff of the Land Trust, together with friends from King County Parks and Vashon Community Care, celebrated the opening of a new half-mile loop trail. The new trail is located on a 45 acre parcel purchased by the Vashon Land Trust in 2007. In addition to a 10 acre meadow, the property includes all of Needle Creek and part of Shinglemill Creek. At the time it was a major addition to the Shinglemill Preserve, now totaling 168 permanently protected acres.
The new All-Ages Trail is a pedestrian only trail designed to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers, and includes a direct connection to Vashon Community Care. Land Steward & Trail Genius, Abel Eckhardt, designed the trail to include pullouts for future bench installations, open meadows for sun and views, and new plantings to attract birds and capture carbon. One section ends with a view into one of Needle Creek’s dramatic ravines.
I still remember the day back in April when Abel was in the office drawing the trail on a piece of paper using colored pencils. He needed a sketch to send to the County to launch the formal permitting process. Yesterday, 7 1/2 months later, the trail opened and proved to be everything we hoped it would be ~ a place where all islanders, regardless of age or ability, can enjoy the great outdoors together.
Thanks so much to our donors and a grant from King County Parks Community Partnership & Grants program for making this trail possible. You help to bring our mission to life for more islanders.
With gratitude, Erika
VASHON MAURY ISLAND LAND TRUST
Sunday, November 17, 2019
For Immediate Release
Tom Dean, Executive Director
VASHON LAND TRUST OPENS “ALL-AGES TRAIL” OFF THE UPPER SHINGLEMILL TRAILHEAD
The board and staff of the Vashon Land Trust are celebrating the completion of a wide and graveled, half-mile loop trail starting at the Upper Shinglemill Trailhead off 156th Street. The All-Ages Trail is designed to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers, and includes a connection to Vashon Community Care.
“This is going to be a real social trail,” said Land Steward Abel Eckhardt, who spearheaded the project. It’s wide enough to walk side-by-side, and smooth enough to carry a coffee.” The trail is open for non-motorized use only, electric wheelchairs excepted, and the dogs-on-leash rule will be strictly enforced. Visitors will notice Mr. Eckhardt’s talent for design as they walk the trail route, which includes pullouts for future bench installations, open meadows for sun and views, and fresh plantings to attract birds and capture carbon. A special “monk’s walk” ends with a view into one of Needle Creek’s dramatic ravines.
The new trail is located on a 45-acre parcel purchased by the Vashon Land Trust in 2007, with support from King County. The trail construction was funded by King County through the Community Partnership Grant Program, which encourages the development of park amenities by community groups.
“We wouldn’t be here without our donors and King County Parks,” said Land Trust Executive Tom Dean. “When you voted for the King County Park Levy, you voted for this trail, and so much more.” Next year, the Land Trust plans to launch the next phase of construction of the Judd Creek Trail, and again will be seeking financial support from community members and from King County.
“We are thrilled to partner with Vashon Community Care on this project,” said Land Trust Development Director Erika Carleton. “The Shinglemill Trail system has been hugely popular with this community, and this addition makes it accessible to all.” The two properties used to be one, back when Vashon Manor was the “old folk’s home”.
The link to Community Care is available to residents and guests only. The general public can access the trail from the trailhead off 156th. Recent improvements to the trailhead parking area were also generously funded by King County Parks.
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