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Springbrook Trail Wins Spotlight Award

April 13, 2010

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Leslie Betlach, Parks Director, 425-430-6619
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569, cell 206-491-8158

RENTON:   The City of Renton’s Springbrook Trail Boardwalk project was recently awarded the Spotlight Award from the Washington Recreation and Park Association. This award recognizes excellence in the design and development of parks and recreation facilities.

The Springbrook Trail Boardwalk project is located in the largest wetland mitigation site in the central Puget Sound area.  The Springbrook Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank and Trail creates a corridor for red-tailed hawks, great blue herons and other birds, and other wildlife such as coyotes and fish, while giving the community new opportunities to observe plants and wildlife in Renton.  The project is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation and the City of Renton.  Construction of the boardwalk and the Springbrook Trail were funded by the City of Renton.

“The Springbrook Trail is an excellent example of the city’s long-term commitment to providing recreation and educational opportunities and completing an interconnected system of trails,” said Mayor Denis Law.  “This award is an honor for the city and a credit to the hard work and dedication of our staff. With this unique project we have created something special for the public to enjoy and a legacy for our future generations.”

The completed Springbrook Trail Boardwalk Project is another step closer to connecting to King County’s Interurban Trail and the Green River Trail.  The boardwalk is ADA-accessible and includes litter receptacles and two seating and viewing areas.  The trail is part of a larger environmental corridor in Renton connecting the 93-acre Black Riparian Forest to the Springbrook Valley Wetlands.  In the future, the trail will connect to three regional trails—the Interurban Trail extending from Algona to Tukwila, the Green River Trail from Auburn to south Seattle, and the Lake to Sound Trail connecting Lake Washington in Renton to the Puget Sound in Des Moines.

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