Courtesy: Whidbey News-Times
– From Executive Editor & Publisher Keven Graves, Whidbey News-Times:
“As the economy improves, and with approval by the Island County Commissioners of up to $837,000 in funding for a non-motorized trail in Freeland, we think it’s time to move forward in earnest on a proposed trail from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry.
The seed for such a project dates back to at least 2006.”
“Thurston County also sees the value in trails. The 14.5-mile Yelm-Rainier-Tenino trail not only spans those communities, but also connects them to a 22-mile trail to Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater. Mileage markers along the way serve as incentives for those using the trails for exercise — and there are many who use them.
Rain or shine, the Thurston County trails are populated by runners, walkers, bicyclists, rollerbladers and nature enthusiasts.
Of course, such a venture cannot be built — or even funded — overnight. Thurston County is not wealthy. It took years to complete the Yelm-Tenino trail project. But it is now a well-used link to the various communities.”