OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting the public to share their thoughts on a new 20-mile mountain bike park that will provide another way to experience recreation in the Stillaguamish Valley from Darrington’s backyard.
In partnership with the town of Darrington, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, legislative leaders, and Washington’s outdoor recreation community, DNR is building 20 miles of single track, with trails beginning to open spring of 2016, on DNR-managed lands on North Mountain. An hour’s drive from one of the state’s fastest growing cities, the trail system will likely be a draw for mountain bikers from across the state, while providing local connections from its trailhead at Snohomish County’s Whitehorse Community Park.
“In collaboration with our partners and the public, we want to provide a healthy, community asset for Darrington and its young people, while serving as a recreation destination for Washington state,” said Brock Milliern, statewide recreation manager. “Now, we just need feedback on how to best match the community’s desires to this opportunity.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for our community, especially our young people, to participate in this partnership from design to construction to riding the trails,” said Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin. “This park will not only become an attraction for this region, but will also showcase the attributes of our community.”
DNR is also considering the addition of a multi-use trail that would facilitate hiking access to scenic views.
For updates on the project, subscribe to the Darrington Mountain Bike E-news or visit the project Web page at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/DarringtonMTB. To provide your input on the project, complete an online survey, send DNR an email, or attend one of two open houses:
Monday, Nov. 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Darrington Community Center
570 Sauk Ave
Darrington, WA 98241
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Stillaguamish Conference Room
Public Works Office
154 Cox Ave
Arlington, WA 98223
The project was made possible with funding provided by the state legislature.