Planners seek public input on proposed Grand Ridge trailhead

September 13, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 13, 2012

King County parks planners asked the public for input on a proposed trailhead facility to add access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest near Preston.

The county Parks and Recreation Division is hosting a public meeting on the proposal from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E. The meeting includes a public question and comment period.

Citizens can also submit comments to the county through Oct. 12.

Officials said developed access to Grand Ridge Park and Mitchell Hill Forest is limited to two locations meant to serve only Grand Ridge Park.

The parking area at Issaquah’s Central Park is one access point. The other is from a gravel parking lot in the High Point area.

Parks and Recreation Division planners analyzed other possible trailhead locations, and the public can discuss the options at the Preston meeting.

Tentative plans call for creating a trail access point to provide parking for five to seven vehicles and two horse trailers, a small picnic shelter, interpretive signage, restroom facilities and waste receptacles.

Staffers intend to provide a summary of comments received to date, plus information about possible access and road improvements.

Grand Ridge Park stretches across more than 1,200 acres east of Issaquah and southeast of Sammamish. The park features more than nine miles of developed trails and contains old-growth Western red cedar, plus wetlands at the headwaters of salmon-bearing Canyon Creek.

The 426-acre Mitchell Hill Forest is contiguous to Grand Ridge Park. The county purchased the forest in 2000, but unlike neighboring Grand Ridge Park, Mitchell Hill Forest lacks a formal trail system.

The forest includes the drainage to Patterson Creek.

Submit comments on the proposal to Connie Blumen at 206-263-6371, or connie.blumen@kingcounty.gov.

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