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Support Snohomish County’s Master Plan with Improved Bike Trails in Lord Hill Park

Snohomish County is working on a 20-year Master Plan effort for Lord Hill Park—a 1463-acre park located between the communities of Everett, Snohomish, and Monroe. Evergreen‘s draft concept map and proposal creates a bike priority zone and improves the quality of existing trails for a much-improved rider experience—but we need your voice!

Evergreen’s proposal prepares this unique, multi-use park for future growth, reduces potential for trail user conflict, and sustainable redesigns and rebuilds present trails, reducing erosion and runoff in order to protect the park’s sensitive ecology.  

Use this example form letter to express your support for Evergreen’s proposed trail network.   Recent media about our proposal for Lord Hill has spurred some local residents to protest the master planning efforts. We need your help to show County Council and the Parks Department that you support their efforts.  

Please email your comments this week (sample text below): 

Tom Teigen, Parks Director, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation 

Amy Lucas, Senior Park Planner, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation 

Nate NehringDistrict 1 (Stanwood, Arlington, Darrington, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls)  

Brian SullivanDistrict 2 (Tulalip, Everett and Mukilteo) – Council Chair 

Stephanie WrightDistrict 3 (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway) – Council Vice Chair and Operations Committee Chair 

Terry RyanDistrict 4 (Bothell, Brier, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood) 

Sam LowDistrict 5 (Bothell, Monroe, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Sultan, Gold Bar, Index) Lord Hill is in Mr. Low's District! 

Dave SomersCounty Executive 

"Dear _________,

I’m writing to express support for the Department of Park and Recreation’s efforts to develop an updated Master Plan for Lord Hill Park, and for taking the initiative to create a 20-year vision for this well-loved multi-use park.  

I strongly support the Parks Department and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s (Evergreen) draft proposal to include recreational priority zones within the park, and to provide user-specific trail networks to improve the recreational experience for all park users.  

Evergreen’s proposed concept map reroutes and rebuilds poorly designed informal trails into a well-connected and easy-to-navigate trail network.  It focuses on concentrating bike use in the NW section of the park to reduce user conflict that could arise from increased park usership over the next 20 years. The plan also ensures that trails are more sustainably built with better drainage and erosion control.  

I strongly believe that this master plan effort is needed to prepare the park for sustainable future use, to repair currently unsustainable or wet trails, and to best cater to increasing multiuse events.    

I have been following recent media about community concerns.  My understanding is that the Master Plan will actually protect the park’s ecology, habitat, and user experience over the next 20 years, and that it will prevent the user conflict and unsustainable trail design issues raised in the media.  

Evergreen’s plan to design and build bike-specific trails for various rider levels and styles will ensure that Snohomish County mountain bikers can enjoy this park for years to come. Including some directional bike-only trails allows for advanced riders to safely enjoy a downhill trail without the worry of hikers or equestrians (and vice versa) thereby eliminating user conflict. All other multi-use trails within bike-priority zone would be multi-use and built with good line of sight to avoid user conflict. Evergreen also supports the equestrian priority zone as proposed by local equestrians.

Mountain biking is growing fast.  If the County does not prepare a well-balanced plan, additional riders will continue to visit Lord Hill and venture out on trails that are increasingly busy and not designed to handle that heightened use.  This growth could increase erosion, runoff, as well as user conflict in the future. The current draft plan will ensure this doesn’t happen.

In my personal opinion, Evergreen is collaborating to help protect the park’s equestrian history, and has proposed a balanced solution given the current lack of mountain bike trails in Snohomish County. 

Thank you for helping to preserve and protect the County’s park.