Volunteers needed to build Peace Portal trail

Published on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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The Blaine Parks and Cemetery Board and Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 are looking for volunteers to help build a new gravel pathway along the north side of Peace Portal Drive.

Construction of the trail will start at Mitchell and Fourth streets with a work party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and continue north in a series of work parties on every Saturday in June.

Blaine parks board member Tiiu Kuuskmann, however, said any help is appreciated and volunteers are not required to work the entire four hours.

“You don’t have to commit to the entire four hours,” Kuuskmann said. “People could come just for one hour if they want.”

The pathway, which is called for in the city’s non-motorized transportation plan, was identified by a team of citizens, including three parks board members, and a consultant from Skookum Peak Consulting, to be the most beneficial to residents and visitors as it is located along a highly used transportation route with marine views.

Blaine city planner Alex Wenger added that a trail along that particular stretch of road was identified through a series of public meetings to be a major priority because the route is dangerous to runners, walkers and casual bikers who are often forced into the road. It is the first project approved by Blaine City Council after the city’s non-motorized transportation plan was adopted earlier this year, Wenger said.

Participants are encouraged to bring a shovel and a metal rake. Water bottles have been donated by Blaine Cost Cutter. For more information, call 332-8311.