A new trail was recently completed on the west side of the Winslow core that connects neighborhoods and gives people a safer option to walk and bike to the downtown area.
The Winslow Grove Trail, which is approximately one quarter of a mile long, begins near the Finch Rd and Sportsman Club Rd intersection and extends east to Weaver Rd near Rotary Park. It connects to the existing intra-island Sportsman Club Spine Trail, along the Sportsman Club Rd corridor.
“The trail completes a critical gap in the cross-trail system that was envisioned for Winslow – and is a great step toward a more walkable and bikeable Winslow,” said City Engineer Chris Hammer.
The project came together with the collaboration of City staff, developer Todd McKittrick of Millennial Builders, trail advocates from the BI Parks Foundation, and the City’s Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee (MTAC).
A key piece of the project was connecting the trail between McKittrick’s Winslow Grove and Winslow Reserve development projects and securing an easement from an adjacent property owner. In addition, McKittrick worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and COBI staff to build a footbridge over a salmon-bearing stream that crosses the trail.
“(The Winslow Grove Trail) wasn’t a requirement but it was for the good of everybody, including the new homeowners and the public,” said Todd McKittrick whose company constructed and paid for the trail.
At a quarter-mile in length, the Winslow Grove Trail is the longest trail constructed by a developer to date in Winslow. “Thanks to the City for including the acquisition of trail easements as part of the permit process for developments,” said BI Parks Foundation Executive Director Barb Trafton. “We are grateful to Todd (McKittrick) for recognizing the value both to the community and to the people who will be living in these developments. Public trails are good for everybody.”
A trail opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. near the midpoint of the trail. All are welcome to attend.