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Pierce County Trail spotlight: Pt. Defiance

Pt. Defiance – Inner Loop (yellow) trail Take a stroll among true old growth forest in an urban setting – you won’t get this experience most anywhere in the region unless you travel to the national parks. The inner loop trail (aka yellow trail – named due to the color coding system assigned to the major trail loops at the park – see map below) is a 3.6 mile loop in the interior of the park’s peninsula. Start at the trail’s first intersection with the Five Mile Drive road (after Owen’s Beach turn off) – Along the way, you’ll admire the Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock’s that pre-date Tacoma’s establishment and a forested area almost totally-free of invasive plants that plague other urban parks

Chambers Creek Trail – A multi-agency trail network

Chambers Creek Regional Park is a 936 acre facility that is best known for its golf course that recently hosted the US Open. Pierce County owns 204 acres along Chambers Creek Canyon, while the City of University Place owns 16 acres contiguous to the County property, including Kobayashi Park. Total length of public ownership with the Chambers Creek Canyon is approximately two and one half miles. Trail planning status: In 2013 the Cities of University Place and Lakewood, and Pierce County (the Parties): 1.) Held a public open house to gauge interest in the Canyon Trail project and to gather community ideas and concern about the trail 2.) Surveyed a possible trail alignment in the Creek Canyo

Pierce County Park Impact Fees increase debunked

The following article written by ForeverGreen Board member Kirk Kirkland. Kirkland represented the trail community and ForeverGreen Trails Board as an appointed member of the Pierce County Impact fee working group. Kirkland provides some insights into the impact fee discussion. The Tacoma News Tribune has provided coverage (links attached) Pierce County considers big hike to development fee to pay for parks Matt Driscoll: Proposed park impact fee hike a no-brainer for county Expanded impact fees will help build out regional trails in Pierce County 1. Increase in park impact fee raises $56 million — $21.8 million which will help build out the regional trail network We support the fee of $2,55

2016 Pierce County Trails Conference

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM Milgard Assembly Room, William Philip Hall – University of Washington Tacoma 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402 Trails: Transportation, Health & Equity ForeverGreen Trails is hosting the 11th annual Pierce County Trails Confernede – attend to learn more about how trails are related to health & equity through transportation. Keynote speaker is Ron Sims. Sims is former King County Executive, former HUD deputy secretary. As County Executive, Sims was nationally recognized for his work on the integration of environmental, social equity and public health policies that produced groundbreaking work on climate change, health care reform, affordable

Making connections to the Foothills – Fennel Creek Trail

Visualize a trail connecting Allan Yorke Park on the south shore of Lake Tapps that follows Fennell Creek to its confluence with the Puyallup River and then connects with the Pierce County’s Foothills Trail. Along the way the trial passes by beautiful 70 foot high Victor Falls. This was the vision that inspired Bonney Lake’s Ad Hoc Committee as they worked with the City to create the Fennel Creek Trail Plan in June 2007. The Plan calls for the approximate 5.2 mile trail to parallel the creek and allows “users to experience the sights and sounds of the woodlands and pastoral scenes along the creek corridor”. The City of Bonney Lake is making progress to develop a multiuse trial in the segme