County Says Yes To Money For Trail
A packed meeting room exploded into applause yesterday as the Snohomish County Council appropriated its share of money to buy and develop a planned 17-mile trail linking Snohomish and Arlington.
The $1.1 million in county money will be pooled with an equal amount the Legislature appropriated last year for the Centennial Trail, the first public trail in the county. It will follow old rights of way of the Burlington-Northern Railroad.
``I am thrilled; this is an astonishing event,'' said Ellen Thompson, an officer of the Centennial Trail Coalition, a citizen group that persuaded both the Legislature and county to put money up for the project.
And there may be more to come. Congress will be asked for $2.9 million to help King and Snohomish counties pick up even more of the railroad rights of way to develop a 44-mile trail, extending from Arlington south to Duvall in King County, with spurs through Monroe and Woodinville.
Rep. John Miller, R-Seattle, this week was expected to ask House and Senate committees to authorize the money. The extended trail will get the support of the National Park Service, according to Bruce Agnew, aide to Miller. A key to seeking federal money was the willingness of the county to share the cost, he said.
The Centennial Trail plan is separate from a joint project by Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Everett and the county to establish a 17-mile trail from Lake Ballinger to Everett.
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