John Koster's eNewsletter
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building
Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide
Centennial Trail Completed
With the ribbon cutting, Snohomish County celebrated the completion of the last 8 mile segment of the Centennial Trail on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The trailhead located at 32328 State Route 9 is also the site of the historic Nakashima Barn. The celebration consisted of cyclists, horse lovers, walkers and joggers, elected officials, Parks staff and Trail Coalition members. An open mike was offered and many spoke of their involvement with this project over the years. With the completion of this segment of the trail, Snohomish County now has 30 miles through the county, from Snohomish, north to the Skagit County line. Parks Director, Tom Teigen stated that more than 400,000 citizens utilize the trail annually and that it is one of the most used elements of the County Parks system. Former Trail Coalition member, John Wynne arrived from Alaska for the ribbon cutting. He was instrumental from the conception of the Centennial Trail advocating and fundraising during the state's centennial and the development of the trail beginning in 1989, and he wanted to be a part of the final completion of this project.
The trailhead was dedicated to the Nakashima family (whose granddaughter attended the celebration). The family once owned the land. The barn, built sometime around 1908 is listed on the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry. The Snohomish County Arts Commission installed several large historical photos on the exterior of the barn. The barn will serve as a trailhead stop and also as a community center for historical displays and as recreation/interpretive program space.