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Submit Your Feedback on Two New Trail Networks!

06 | Mar | '18
Bryan Rivard

Our Kittitas Chapter is working on two exiting new trail projects.  We need your help to submit comments on proposed trail network designs for Manastash Ridge near Ellensburg, and the Towns to Teanaway trail project in Roslyn and Cle Elum.

 

1) Towns to Teanaway

Please submit your support for Alternative 2 to develop a new multi-use trail network connecting the towns of Cle Elum and Roslyn to the ridge and into Teanaway Community Forest.  Comments are due to townstoteanaway@gmail.com by March 20th.

Learn more about the project and specific comments to submit here, and please contact yvonne@evergreen.org if you have any questions about this great project.

The Towns to Teanaway Project Team is developing a new non-motorized multi-use trail system to better connect the towns of Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald to each other and to the Teanaway Community Forest.

On February 27th, Evergreen members attended a community meeting to review the latest trail network proposals and maps.  The project team has devised two concepts for community feedback:

Alternative 1, the “Quiet Trail” Concept, presents a low-density trail network that emphasizes multiple multi-use trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians).  The maps shown here are divided into two parts, east (Cle Elum) and west (Roslyn/Ronald).

Alternative 2, the “Playful Loop” Concept, has a higher density of trails and emphasizes more rewarding user experiences by creating several loop options and adding some separation of  hiking, biking and multi-use trails to include directional downhill trails for biker.  The below maps for Alternative 2 is also divided into two parts, east (Cle Elum) and west (Roslyn/Ronald).

Alternative 1 - Cle Elum Part

Teanaway Alternative 1 - Cle Elum Part

Alternative 2 - Cle Elum Part

Teanaway Alternative 2 - Cle Elum Part

Alternative 1 - Roslyn Part

Teanaway Alternative 1 - Roslyn Part

Alternative 2 - Roslyn Part

Teanaway Alternative 2 - Roslyn Part

Based on popularity of this area for bikers and the lack of existing mountain bike trails near these 3 growing communities, Evergreen strongly supports Alternative 2 as the more sustainable and ultimately more successful design concept.  We need your support to strongly voice preference for Alternative 2!  

Please submit your comments in support of Alternative 2 to: townstoteanaway@gmail.com by March 20th.  In your response, please state any or all of the following benefits of Alternative 2:  

  • Alternative 2 is superior in accomplishing a trail network that will sustainably accommodate all user groups and creates the best user-experience for all.
  • Alternative 2 accomplishes looped trail experiences, which is much needed to address a lack of rewarding near-town mountain bike trails to the communities of Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald. 
  • Alternative 2 will generate increased tourism to benefit all nearby communities.
  • Alternative 2 respects the wildlife corridors and still provides sustainable trail density along the entire ridge. 
  • Alternative 2 creates much needed connections between communities, and creates a baseline for future non-motorized connections into the Teanaway Community Forest and other potential future regional trails. 
  • Encourage the project team to design a phased approach to project buildout, and to begin applications for construction grant opportunities now, to enable a condensed construction timeframe. 
  • Encourage the project team to work with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to get to final design and ensure a high-quality trail network that is guaranteed to be successful, sustainable, and award winning.
  • Express your personal commitment in helping to maintain this trail network in the future   
  • Express concern that Alternative 1 will likely not meet future community demand, could potentially create user conflict if trail use increases significantly by all user groups, and may not generate a great return on investment if the trail system isn’t rewarding enough to draw increased visitorship.
  • Thank the project team and the Kittitas County Park and Recreation District for taking on this initiative and their foresight in creating a great new trail system for this region!

Thank you, and be sure to send your comments in an email to townstoteanaway@gmail.com by March 20th!!

2) Manastash Ridge Non-Motorized Trail Network: Public Meeting April 17th

Our Kittitas Chapter has participated in an Advisory Committee to assist the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) in planning a new non-motorized multi-use trail sustainable trail network at Manastash Ridge.  Manastash Ridge is the closest community trail network for Ellensburg riders and it has quickly grown in popularity.

In early 2017, the Department of Fish and Wildlife received a grant to establish a formal trail plan to promote sustainable recreation for all users and protect wildlife habitat.  Unfortunately, the committee’s recommendations to DFW are not being implemented, and we are disappointed with the currently proposed new trail plan.

A public meeting on the plan is scheduled on April 17th  from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Hal Holmes Center.  We need you to attend and voice your support for a more expansive and better designed trail network!  Read more about this project here, and I hope to see you on the 17th!

Thanks for helping to make Washington the BEST place to ride, and for your support to ensure the best, most sustainable, most rewarding, and balanced trail networks in our communities!

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance's Kittitas Chapter is working on two exiting new Trail Networks. We need your help to submit comments in support of proposed designs at Manastash Ridge near Ellensburg, and the Towns to Teanaway Trail Network in Roslyn and Cle Elum.
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