Robbi Castleberry Memorial Service
July 11 5 pm
Mukagowa Chapel, Spokane, WA
One day you look back and realize there are a lot of us, who have been working on this "Trail" business for quite a while. What began as an impossible idea has grown and become one of the most rewarding things about living in this area, thanks in part to Robbi Castleberry who just recently presented to the INTC Annual meeting the accomplishments and plans for the Palisades neighborhood and Rim Rock Conservation Area on the west side of Spokane. Then boom, she was gone. We were in the middle of working on some plans for a County Parks acquisition when I learned she’d died. Isn’t that a lesson for all of us?
When I look at something wonderful, or experience something that is so high quality and there isn’t a logo or a sponsoring bill board on it, just land, I know there is a person – people – to thank. There are people who pragmatically figure things out: how to save open space for public enjoyment, how to link trails, how to get people outside and either in the water or next to it. There are people who are part of an ethic of care and commitment and, frankly, no holds barred pragmatism.
Robbi was such a person.
**OPINIONS SOUGHT FOR SPOKANE COUNTY REGIONAL TRAILS PLAN UPDATE
The Spokane County Regional Trails Plan was drafted by citizen members and friends of the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition (INTC) in conjunction with the National Parks Service, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Spokane County Building and Planning, and Parks, Recreation and Golf and adopted in 2008. It has provided guidance for jurisdictions and agencies in developing and maintaining trails and been critical in securing more than $7,000,000 in funding for trail and conservation areas.
The plan will be updated in 2013 and an essential aspect of this is securing public input, which the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition is responsible for securing. Input will be received through this survey as well as in person at locations throughout the county during the summer.
The plan identifies (inventories) existing trails, identifies general corridors and notes specific trail construction. These trails include the Centennial Trail as the backbone of a trail system, Fish Lake Trail (FLT), Urban Connections, Rails to Trails conversions (in addition to FLT/Columbia Plateau Trail), the Spokane River water trail, and the Parks to Peaks corridors which connects public land (Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management, local and state parks) providing wildlife corridors.
The plan has four goals: create a comprehensive trail system, maintain the trail system, have road and trail standards and promote a trail system. These goals have related implementation policies. The Plan is available at Spokane County Regional Trails Plan.
For more information contact Lunell Haught 509-443-1319/Lunellh@aol.com
LET'S COMPLETE THE FISH LAKE TRAIL...
FROM SCRIBNER ROAD TO FISH LAKE AND THE COLUMBIA PLATEAU TRAIL. DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY INTO THE TRAIL FUND AND ARE NOT USED BY INTC OR PARKS.
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