Here are events such as opening ceremonies, dedications, and ribbon cuttings for facilities funded through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Wenatchee Foothills Castle Rock Grand Opening
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is celebrating a new trailhead, picnic shelter, and trails at Lower Castle Rock, part of the Wenatchee Foothills campaign. There will be socializing, refreshments, remarks by Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and Bob Bugert of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, followed by a variety of nature walks including geology, sustainable trails, and a family hike.
Date: May 13, 2015, 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Lower Castle Rock Natural Area trailhead, Wentachee
More information: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, 509-667-9708
Grant Description: The City of Wenatchee used a $285,157 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to buy nearly 37 acres for open space and for a trail linking homes to the Wenatchee Foothills. Immediately west of the property is 397 acres, which were purchased several years ago by residents to preserve the land for wildlife and public access. The landowners have agreed to donate a trail easement through the property if the City can buy the nearby 37 acres. The property features spectacular views of the Wenatchee Valley and Columbia River and wildflowers are abundant in the spring. The site has been used by hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers, but the owner is interested in developing the property. The City contributed $299,116 in donations of cash.
Celebrate Woodard Bay Open House
The Washington Department of Natural Resources invites you to see the new environmental education facilities and hear about recent restoration work.
Date: Earth Day, April 22, 2015, at 12:30-4 p.m., Ceremony at 1 p.m.
Location: Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, Olympia
Grant Description: The Department of Natural Resources used two grants totaling more than $1.2 million to add an environmental learning shelter, upgrade a parking lot and non-motorized boat launch, buy 31 acres to expand the conservation area, provide safe access to the beach, and restore Woodard Bay and Chapman Bay estuaries in the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area.
Located in Thurston County, the 865-acre conservation area encompasses forests, estuaries, and tidelands in Puget Sound. It is at the end of the 22-mile Chehalis-Western Trail, a multi-use trail that links Olympia to Yelm. The conservation area’s three hiking trails provide panoramic views of Woodard Bay, Chapman Bay, and Henderson Inlet as well as views of priority wildlife populations like harbor seals, yuma myotis and little brown bats, a significant heron rookery, and the largest harbor seal nursery in south Puget Sound. The conservation area also offers primitive beach access and the only seasonal, non-motorized public boat access to Henderson Inlet. The grants were from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Celebrate Duthie Hill Park’s Newest FeatureJoin King County Parks, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, RCO, and more friends of Duthie to celebrate the grand opening of the new 74-space parking that serves as the main access point for the mountain bike park.Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Duthie Hill Park, 26150 Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Rd, Issaquah. Parking lot is at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.
Grant Description: The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks used a $317,477 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to develop a trailhead in Duthie Hill Park, the region’s first mountain bike skills park. Crews built a 74-vehicle parking lot and staging area and installed signs and park furniture. Before the grant, the 120-acre park had parking for only 15 cars forcing many visitors to park nearby and bike to the park on busy roadways with narrow shoulders and limited visibility. This project is part of a larger effort by King County and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to improve the park. The County contributed $317,477. See more details about this project.
Harper Pier Grand Re-Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015, at 10 a.m.Location: Harper Pier, Yukon Bay – at the most easterly intersections of Southeast Southworth Drive and Southeast Cornell Road in Kitsap County Grant Description: The Port of Bremerton used a $500,000 grant from Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account to reconstruct the Harper Fishing Pier. The existing pier was constructed in the late 1800s and renovated in 1919 to support the Mosquito Fleet ferries until the 1960s. The pier has been closed since 2012 for reconstruction. The new pier was built with ecologically sound building materials and safety in mind. With such a long and historically significant record, today, this is a popular location for catching fish, crab, and squid; scuba diving; swimming; sightseeing; and hand-powered watercraft activities. See more details about this project.