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Snohomish County news: Two events Feb. 15 will celebrate past, future of Snohomish County's Centennial Trail

 


Two events Feb. 15 will celebrate past, future

of Snohomish County’s Centennial Trail

One trail, two events. This Valentine’s Day weekend, Snohomish County’s Centennial Trail will feel the love as elected officials and the public celebrate the purchase of 12 more miles of trail, and honor its historic past.

The community is invited to celebrate the trail’s past and its future starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Participants can witness the historic signing of a purchase agreement between the county and the Port of Seattle, then can journey a few miles up the trail to get a first look at the county’s PASTforward historical education program:

9 to 9:45 a.m. – Signing ceremony at the southern terminus of the Centennial Trail, 504 4th St ., Snohomish

10 to 11 a.m. – PASTforward program unveiling, Machias Trailhead, 1624 Virginia St ., Snohomish

“The Centennial Trail is such a great recreational opportunity for everyone in Snohomish County,” said Executive John Lovick. “We’re excited to have the chance to expand our trail system and link our communities.”

Lovick, along with other elected officials from Snohomish County, will meet at the southernmost end of the Centennial Trail to sign the official purchase agreement with the Port of Seattle to expand the corridor nearly 12 more miles to the south. The extended trail will link the city of Snohomish with Woodinville, Redmond and Renton, and could be expanded to include more rail and trail uses for the community.

Following the signing, participants will trek a few miles north to officially unveil the county’s new PASTforward program.

“The PASTforward program is a fascinating look at our county’s history,” said Parks and Recreation director Tom Teigen. “Our industrial and agricultural roots are incredibly diverse, and I think people will be amazed at some of the stories they discover. It’s worth a walk down the trail this spring just to check out these new interpretive signs.”

Along with interactive interpretive signs at trailheads along the Centennial Trail, the program includes a new http://www.centennialtrail.com website. Users can link to the website from signs along the trail, surf an interactive trail map from home, read historical stories and view historic trail photos, and even link watch videos about the history of the trail. A traveling SmartCar will bring Centennial Trail history to fairs, festivals and other events around the county throughout the year.

People interested in attending the celebration can join the event on Facebook http://on.fb.me/1khpuog.

For more information about the Centennial Trail signing ceremony, including directions, please call Parks Director Tom Teigen at 425-388-6617. For more information about PASTforward and the Centennial Trail interpretive signs, please call Wendy Becker at 425-388-3186.

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