More trails planned in Sultan

SULTAN — The city soon will be able to buy land for future trail construction, thanks to a $324,600 grant from Snohomish County.

The 4.5 acres is located along the Sultan River between Osprey and River parks in Sultan.

“This is a great project offering citizens and visitors (the chance) to explore a trail along the river from one city park to another,” Mayor Carolyn Eslick said, in a statement.

The grant is part of more than $25 million being distributed by the county to purchase land for preservation, with an emphasis on protecting the natural environment and farmland.

The county also is using $190,000 from the same fund to help buy 25 acres to add to Steelhead Park on the Skykomish River, south of the city limits. Steelhead Park’s focus will be overnight camping and fishing.

Both projects also will benefit east Snohomish County’s plan to create the Port-to-Pass Recreation Corridor, a partnership between several cities, chambers of commerce and other organizations to tout the region’s outdoor recreation, said Ken Walker, Sultan’s city administrator, in the statement.

“Approval of both of these projects will be a huge boost to the economic vitality of the Sky Valley and promotion of the Port-to-Pass Recreation Corridor along U.S. 2,” Walker said.

The county’s funding comes from the Conservation Futures Program, which was started 1988 to distribute property taxes that the state allows counties to collect for land preservation.

This round was made possible by a $120 million bond sale the county held in April. The bonds also are being used for a new county courthouse, park infrastructure projects and road improvements.

The county plans to pay back the Conservation Futures portion of the bond using future revenues. Official said they’re acting now to take advantage of low interest rates before land prices rise, or the land gets snapped up for development.

More in Local News

Mukilteo crabber missing; his boat was found at Hat Island

Frank Urbick set out Thursday morning but did not return.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Separate Everett fires send man to hospital, damage boat

The man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation from the early morning fire.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Most Read