County, Washington Trails Association to dedicate Grand Ridge bridge

October 4, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 4, 2010

Trees felled during a fierce windstorm in December 2006 found another use as material for a bridge across a coho salmon-bearing stream in Grand Ridge Park north of the Issaquah Highlands.

Now, hikers, runners, mountain bikers and other trail users no longer need to risk life, limb or shoe to cross Canyon Creek.

King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association partnered to build a 40-foot bridge across the creek. The organizations plan to dedicate the bridge at noon Thursday. Enjoy trail snacks and prizes at the ceremony. Find a map of the park here.

Before the bridge spanned the creek, trail users had to scramble down a steep slope, slog through the creek and then climb back up the other side. Now, trail users can stay dry and help preserve and protect fish and wildlife.

The trails association received a King Conservation District grant through the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum to help fund the bridge construction.

“The Canyon Creek bridge was a fantastic project for our volunteers, many of whom have come back time and time again over the years to work on trail construction and maintenance of the Grand Ridge Trail,” Washington Trails Association Executive Director Brian Windrope said in a news release. “We feel a deep connection to this trail and bridge because of our investment here, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with King County Parks to enhance recreation opportunities and habitat health on these great public lands.”

The bridge helps complete the seven-mile trail from the High Point area to Duthie Hill Park. County parks employees and Washington Trails Association volunteers built the trail. The nonprofit organization provided more than 2,500 hours of free labor for the bridge project.

“The Washington Trails Association is a terrific partner that we have relied upon to help us do what’s right for trail users and for the environment,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in the release. “We greatly appreciate their commitment to this project, and look forward to more partnerships in the future.”

Wood from the storm-damaged trees is due to play a role in another park project. County parks employees and trails association volunteers plan to start construction on a 600-footlong boardwalk in the coming weeks.

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