Voight’s Creek Bridge Repairs Complete

From Pierce County Parks Department:

10/08/2020 – The Voight’s Creek Bridge on the Foothills Trail which was damaged during last winter’s high waters is now fully repaired and open for use! Thank you everyone for your patience during these repairs and thanks to our Parks crew and project managers for completing these repairs ahead of schedule and just in time for the weekend.






Bridge Repair – Trail Closed

Good news and bad…

The good news is, the Voight’s creek bridge repair is going to be underway soon, fixing the damage from last winter’s high waters (the bridge was undermined by high waters and the paving of the trail is losing its support). The contractor had an opening in his schedule so the repairs can happen starting this next week. The bad news is the trail will be closed starting September 23rd. We are conservatively estimating a mid-October end date.

We are working to get notification up on our website and social media and we’ll have signs out on the trail ASAP. We’d welcome your help getting the word out.

You can visit the website for more information, pictures, and a location map.

Thanks, let me know if you have any questions.

Have a nice weekend.

Brianne Blackburn, Planner & Trails Coordinator
PIERCE COUNTY PARKS | EVERYDAY ADVENTURES

Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition – Racism

Below is an announcement against all Racism that was brought before the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition members at their June 25, 2020 General Meeting which was discussed and supported by ALL members.

 

The members of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition believe that Black Lives Matter, on and off the trail. Therefore, we join you to advocate for changes to assure that everyone – including and especially Black people – enjoy safety on trails and in life.

Our coalition is committed to equity, mobility, and health. As a country and an organization, we can do better. We are devoted to supporting trails for everyone, and that cannot happen without all of us coming together to make this nation a more just, equitable and safe place for everyone, everywhere.

Please consider joining us, and together we will work to create a shared system of non-motorized trails to be used and enjoyed equally by everyone throughout Pierce County and beyond.

Foothills Trail is open for all to enjoy

Our 20-mile paved section of the Foothills Trail between the East Puyallup Trailhead and Buckley is fully open and ready to be enjoyed. Our 15-mile unpaved trail section between South Prairie and Mount Rainier National Park is partly closed in several sections. The Gale Canyon section was hit very hard by the flooding. It will take some time to get this section open. The trail section above Carbonado towards the Park along Carbon Canyon faired better but the road to the Park is closed.

Foothills Trail Closed near Orting

Thursday, February 6th 2:00pm, out of an abundance of caution Parks will expand the closure of the Foothills Trail from the City of Orting east to the town of South Prairie. The height of the Carbon River at Voight’s Creek is the main consideration in this decision

 

Foothills Coalition Annual Meeting Dinner

Trail Supporters and Community Members

Please consider joining us on Thursday, January 23, 2020, for our 30th annual dinner and meeting of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition at the Farm 12 Restaurant & Events Center located at 3303 8th Ave. SE in Puyallup. (At the Historic Van Lierop Bulb Farm and across the street from the Foothills Meeker East Puyallup Trailhead)

The purpose of this event is to bring trail enthusiasts together to visit & enjoy dinner together, celebrate our accomplishments, and hear about what’s going on with building trails.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm for registration and socializing with dinner served promptly at 6:00 pm. There will be a celebration video during dinner, a brief business meeting, presentations by the Pierce County Parks Director and Puyallup Parks Director along with a silent auction and a few chances to win a contest or two. There will be a no host bar with everything wrapping up around 8:30 pm.

In order to make sure we have enough meals to serve everyone pre-registration is important. The cost of the dinner is $35 each (cash, check, credit card) which will be collected at the door. Please RSVP no later than January 17th to Bill Hilton at Billhltn@aol.com or (253) 302-1104.
Sincerely,

Stuart Scheuerman President

Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition

 

The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition has lost a dear friend Don Partington

The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition has lost a dear friend, an all-around good guy and our work party hero, Don Partington.

Don has been active in the Foothills Coalition for over 30 years and the work party chief for most of those years. You name it and Don has done it, from spreading gravel to fill potholes, cleaning out ditches to trimming back vegetation so the general public, R2R runners and all users can easily use and enjoy the trail. There has not been anyone else that has done so much to keep the trail open and useable.

A memorial/celebration of life will be held for Don on Saturday March 28th, 2020 at Farm 12 event center in Puyallup (historical Van Lierop Bulb Farm) across the street from the Foothills East Puyallup/ Meeker Trailhead. Stay tuned for more details on this event.

See The News Tribune’s Obituary and treasured photos of Don and Buzz below

Don and Buzz at Cascade Junction

Don and Buzz with New Coalition Truck

 

Donald J. Partington
February 3, 1958 – September 29, 2019

Whether he was cuddling a new baby or kitten, recounting a funny story, spending time in the woods, or starting a new project, Don expressed constant joy in his life, and it was infectious. That is the gift he leaves to all who knew and loved him.

Donald James Partington was born February 3, 1958, in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Lewis T. and Josephine M. Partington. He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest in Puyallup, WA on September, 29, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Don grew up in Georgetown and Sudbury, MA and graduated in 1976 from Lincoln Sudbury High School, acquiring the long-held nickname “Linc”, while spending a semester in high school working in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated from Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, with Associates degrees in Water and Wastewater Management. He worked for King County, WA in Wastewater Management for 27 years.

Don married Robin High Partington on July 5th, 1986. Don and Robin met fortuitously in May, 1980, on a backpack trip in Olympic National Park, while he was visiting a friend attending college at University of Oregon, where Robin was also a student. After spending a year in Oregon, Don returned to Massachusetts and Robin subsequently graduated and took a job with the Lewiston, ID school district. In 1982, Don, an avid cyclist since childhood, set out from Massachusetts with a friend to cycle across the country. He stopped to visit Robin after nearly 3,000 miles en route to the Pacific Ocean and the rest is history. They spent 39 wonderful years together, filled with adventuring and raising their two fine sons, Daniel and Alexander.

As an active member of the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition for over 30 years, Don served on the Board of Directors, coordinated trail work parties, and enjoyed countless hours of trail building and maintenance. Don was also on the Board of the Russell Family Foundation Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and active with the PWI’s Active Transportation Community of Interest. Don was an active member of the Thea Foss Waterway Seaport Museum and worked as a volunteer in the Heritage Boat Shop that builds wooden vessels and restores and repairs vessels displayed in existing exhibits or collections. A recent project he loved was building a beautiful wooden kayak.

Don had an incredible ability to create, problem solve, repair and re-purpose. Basically, he could figure out just about anything and never saw any challenge as insurmountable, including his health. He would just find a way to fix it, re-purpose it, go around it, or live with it. He loved woodworking and made beautiful wooden boxes, shelving, and gorgeous live edge cedar benches that always drew high bids for the causes he donated them to. He also picked up welding in the last several years and enjoyed being mentored and improving his skills. Projects were his core. He described his work in the garage as “tinkering” or “puttering” and he had to have at least one project going, usually several at the same time.

We will remember Don most for his unfailing kindness, his ability to really listen, his delightful sense of humor, the boundless joy he found in his life, and of course, those long and legendary hugs. Loving and experiencing the outdoors was an enormous part of Don’s life that he enthusiastically shared with his family and friends. He had a reverence for old growth trees and made a point to thank them whenever he had an opportunity. His many outdoor interests included canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, hiking, and camping. Don continued to actively enjoy the outdoors, despite his increasing mobility challenges due to Muscular Dystrophy. He continued to cycle and transitioned to an electric assist bicycle when pedaling became more challenging.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Matthew Munson. Surviving family includes his wife, Robin, of Lake Tapps, WA; son Daniel and spouse Alexandra, and son Alexander, all of Olympia, WA; his sisters Margaret Munson of Franklin, MA, and Ruth Callahan of Gardner MA; brothers Andy Partington of Brandon, VT and David Partington of Worcester, MA; and numerous extended family and cherished friends.

Memorial donations can be made to the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition, Washington Trails Association, Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Mt. Rainier National Park, Thea Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, or an environmental charity of your choice.

Foothills Trail Section is Open!

Some very good news from Pierce County Parks’ North Region Manager, Kyle Wintermute, in time for your Thanksgiving festivities;  “Foothills Trail pin pile bridge section is fully repaired and open for use !!” Thanks to the community for their patience during the repairs and a special thanks to our partners at Pierce County Public Works for completing these repairs before the holiday weekend!.

Bridging Communities from King County TV

A nice video that talks about the connection of Foothills trail from King County to Pierce County.

 

**For an HD version, click on the link below. Change settings of video to 720 HD

https://archive.org/details/Foothills_Trail_-_Bridging_Communities

Foothills Trail president Gordon ‘Buzz’ Grant made converting rails to trails his life’s mission

A good man has passed. Last week, the acting president of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails coalition died in his home in Puyallup.

See The News Tribune’s article with the above named title:

Foothills Trail president Gordon ‘Buzz’ Grant made converting rails to trails…

A wonderful slide show was made in his memory.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time. He will be missed.

 

LOOKING for a Foothills Coalition Courtesy Patrol Leader!

Foothills Coalition Courtesy Patrol Leader
By Bill Hilton, Editor of Foothills Rails-To-Trails Coalition Newsletter

The Rails-to-Trails Foothills Coalition is looking for a Courtesy Patrol Leader.

The Foothills Coalition would like to re-establish the Courtesy Patrol with the purpose of
providing information and assistance to users of the Foothills Trail while walking, cycling,
rollerblading, running or riding horseback on the trail.

The Courtesy Patrol was created in 2002 to encourage trail courtesy and provide trail information
to users. Members also assist with special events such as the Foothills Dash, Daffodil Classic
bike ride, the Rainier to Ruston Relay, and the Buckley to Orting Half Marathon. Patrol hours
and locations are optional. Members wear bright, yellow vests which identify them as Courtesy
Patrollers.

Courtesy Patrol members previously met the 3rd Saturday of each month at High Cedars Golf
Course, 149th St. Ct. E., Orting. A no-host breakfast starts at 8 AM and the casual meeting at 9
AM with a free-for-all discussion about the past, present and future of the Courtesy Patrol. Guest
speakers and training sessions are often included.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact John Selby at (253) 841-1767
or johnselby16@gmail.com.

SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge near Buckley closes Thursday, Aug. 16…

SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge near Buckley closes Thursday, Aug. 16, four days ahead of schedule…

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2018/08/16/sr-162-spiketon-creek-bridge-near-buckley-closes-thursday-aug-16-four-days-ahead

This should not affect the Foothills trail itself.

Good news for continuing the path!

 

County planning to finish Enumclaw trail, build bridge over White River

$2.8 million was allotted in the state legislature’s capital budget this year to jumpstart the project, which is expected to be compete between 2020 and 2021.

The Foothills Trail is a hot commodity these days, with still-new pavement in Pierce County, active plans for improvements on the King County side and – after years of waiting – the promise of a bridge connecting Enumclaw and Buckley.

…READ MORE… at link below

http://www.courierherald.com/news/county-planning-to-finish-enumclaw-trail-build-bridge-over-white-river/

Sneak Peek of new section of trail from South Prairie to Buckley!

A great article (if we do say so ourselves) in The News Tribune about the new section of trail in Buckley. It will connect South Prairie trail with Buckley. The aim is to complete it by the end of 2017.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article183505931.html

Adventurer of the Week: Foothills Trail Coalition president Buzz Grant

A recent store in the Tacoma News Tribune showcased the coalition’s president, Buzz Grant!

Highlights:

  • Grant is in his sixth year as Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition president
  • The June 4 Rainier to Ruston Relay is organization’s biggest fundraiser
  • Coalition gave $50,000 to trail extension project that starts June 7

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article80634072.html

Groundbreaking Ceremony to connect trail between South Prairie and Buckley!

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A Photo Tribute and Fond Farewell to Dr. Ernie Bay

Taken from Marian and Jerry Betzer and the Fennel Creek Trail Advocates’ compilation.

Ernie Bay Tribute Image 1

Dr. Ernie Bay: Tireless leader of the Foothills Trail Coalition and respected advocate for Pierce County Trails

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Saturday, March 18, 2006 Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead – Meeker to McMillan Section Guest Speaker Dr. Ernie Bay, President Emeritus of Foothills Trails Coalition

 

Saturday, March 18, 2006 Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead - Meeker to McMillan Section

Saturday, March 18, 2006
Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead – Meeker to McMillan Section

 

Ernie Bay Tribute Image 4

Saturday, March 18, 2006 Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead – Meeker to McMillan Section

Saturday, March 18, 2006 Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead - Meeker to McMillan Section

Saturday, March 18, 2006 (cont.)

Saturday, March 18, 2006 Foothills Trail Dedication of East Puyallup Trailhead - Meeker to McMillan Section

Saturday, March 18, 2006 (cont.)

 

June 30, 2007:  Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Tour

June 30, 2007 Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail TourJune 30, 2007 Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Tour

June 30, 2007 Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail TourJune 30, 2007 Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Tour

2014 Victor Falls Park and Viewpoint opens to the public

Ernie Bay Tribute Image 122014 Victor Falls Park and Viewpoint opens to the public

October 23, 2010 Ernie Bay and others receive Exceptional Service Awards from WSTC President Rick Hood during WA State Trails Convention Ernie Bay Tribute Image 14

Hood Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

Ernie Bay Tribute Image

Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

More sights along the Foothills Trails

 

Views along the Foothills Trail Some of the Pacific NW sights and scenery users can enjoy while on the Foothills Trail

Ernie Bay Tribute Image 21

Photos and tribute courtesy of Marian Betzer Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Advocate 2002-2015

Views along the Foothills Trail

Views along the Foothills Trail

Views along the Foothills Trail

 

 

 

 

 

Views along the Foothills Trail

Photos and tribute courtesy of Marian Betzer Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Advocate 2002-2015

 

Ernie Bay Tribute Image 26

Ernie Bay TributeErnie Bay Tribute

Photos and tribute courtesy of Marian Betzer

Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Advocate 2002-2015

Another tribute to The Late Ernie Bays.

“Highlights

Puyallup’s Ernie Bay was Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition’s first president


Bay was founding member of Friends of the Puyallup River Walk


Inspired others to become trail advocates”

Read more here:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article69464562.html

Ernie Bay passes at 86. Pivotal member of the community and trails movement.

The Foothills Trail lost one of its most ardent champions March 18 with the death of  Ernie Bay at age 86.

No one called him Dr. Ernest Clayton Bay, even though he was a former Cornell University entomology professor. He was “Ernie” to everyone.  The first part of his email address was “bugtrail,” reflecting two of his life’s great passions.

Ernie, who died in palliative care following a stroke he suffered at home, was the first president of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition.  He was part of a core group of trail visionaries who helped persuade the Pierce County Council to approve the Foothills Trail project.

Ernie was a founding member of the coalition’s Courtesy Patrol, a group of volunteers who rode the trail in daffodil-colored jackets to assist people using the trail and keep an eye out for problems.  He wore his yellow jacket almost everywhere to help promote the trail.

Ernie was a member of the coalition’s board since its conception. In recent years he was honored with lifetime achievement awards for his contributions to environmental causes and community service in Puyallup.

“Ernie was one of a kind,” noted coalition President Buzz Grant. “No one was more devoted to making the Foothills Trail a success.  We’ll miss him, but the trail will definitely be part of his legacy.”

A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held at 10 a.m. May14 at Almendinger Hall at the WSU Extension Service Center in Puyallup, at the intersection of Fruitland Avenue and East 72nd Avenue.

-Written in memory of Ernie by Dave Seago

New Race Director for our upcoming races!

Rainier to Ruston and the B & O Half-Marathon have a new race director! Here is a great story in The News Tribune about the new race director, Sabrina Seher. Both of these races are the main fundraisers for the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article54803160.html