Survey will help shape Centennial Trail’s future

  • By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
  • Friday, October 21, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

EVERETT — Snohomish County Parks Department officials want people to participate in an online survey that seeks to gauge interest in and uses of the Centennial Trail, considered the county’s largest park.

When it’s fully complete, the Centennial Trail will run from Snohomish north to the Ska

git County line.

The 29-mile Centennial Trail officially opened in 1989, the state’s centennial year. Most of it follows an abandoned railroad grade that was laid in the late 1800s.

The brief, online survey should provide information to help the county parks personnel plan for future improvements, parks director Tom Teigen said.

“We need to know how people use the trails in Snohomish County,” Teigen. “The information gathered can help us develop funding sources for trail connections to other parts of the community.”

Future Centennial Trail connections could allow trail users to travel from Snohomish to Monroe and then south to King County, as well as from Arlington up the undeveloped Whitehorse Trail to Darrington.

The goals of the survey are to form a trail-user profile, look for ways to improve safety and determine how the Centennial Trail benefits the communities it serves, Teigen said.

Along with questions of demographics, the survey asks respondents to tell where and when they use the Centennial Trail.

To take the survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/P8QNVYY. The survey is scheduled to be online until the end of December. People who use the Centennial, Interurban and other trails in Snohomish County are encouraged to respond.

For more information on the county’s parks system, go to www.snocoparks.org.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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