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OLYMPIA – May 9, 2018 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider renaming the long-distance recreation trail known as Iron Horse State Park and John Wayne Pioneer Trail, at its regular meeting next week in Spokane. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Hotel R.L. Spokane at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive, Spokane. (Driving directions.) The Commission has public meetings six times a year in pre-determined locations around the state. Time for public comment is provided at all regular meetings. A full agenda, including information about opportunities for public comment is available at http://parks.state.wa.us/154/Commission-Meetings-Agendas.In 2016, the Commission reaffirmed support for an east-west cross-state trail and directed staff to work with trail stakeholders to recommend a new name that would be broadly recognizable and provide a marketable identity.The former railway corridor known as the Iron Horse Trail is a 285-mile linear property that extends from North Bend, east to the town of Tekoa on the Washington-Idaho border. State Parks owns 110 continuous miles of the trail from North Bend to the Columbia River near Vantage and has 105 miles of continuous ownership from Lind to the Idaho border. Since the state attained the corridor in 1981, State Parks has developed and managed these continuous sections, including surfacing rail beds and developing trestles and tunnels for non-motorized recreational use. Some trail sections remain in Department of Natural Resources ownership, and there are small privately owned sections between Lind and Idaho.Following the Commission’s direction, State Parks staff led outreach efforts to stakeholders and trail users to get ideas and feedback on name options that meet the Commission’s policy on naming criteria — geographic location, geology, archaeology or history. With the help of the public and stakeholder groups, State Parks staff identified several name options and will recommend a staff preference for consideration by the Commission. Options include:
In other business, the Commission will:
Commission work session
A work session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Hotel R.L. Spokane at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive, Spokane. Commission work sessions are open to the public; however, there is no opportunity for public comment, and the Commission will take no formal action.
The work session agenda includes updates from agency staff on: operating budget development; possible request legislation; the agency strategic plan; the agency peer support program; employee satisfaction survey; Fort Worden Public Development Authority lease amendments; staff reports; and a 2017-19 capital program report.
Park site tours
Commission members will tour various park sites during the week:
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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