State Parks and Spokane REI store sponsoring work party
OLYMPIA – May 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and REI invite the public to celebrate National Trails Day early with a volunteer work party at the Little Spokane River Natural Area in Riverside State Park near Spokane.
The event is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 1. Parking is available at the Little Spokane River Events Center, 13712 N. Nine Mile Rd. in Nine Mile Falls. Check-in and registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Work will involve redirecting the portion of the Knothead Trail that currently runs into private property back onto state park land.
This family-friendly trail project is open to volunteers of all ages and abilities and a good way to become familiar with this popular Spokane recreation destination. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.
The following organizations are also contributing to the event: Riverside State Park Foundation, Washington Trails Association, ROW Adventure Center, Sierra Club, Spokane Mountaineers, Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf, City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Services, Gonzaga University, Dishman Hills Conservancy, Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, Saint George’s School and Beet It Up Mobile Juice.
Organizers request that volunteers register online here: http://j.mp/1lwZ5Pb.
REI will provide REI t-shirts to the first 130 participants. Following the work party, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the trailhead to celebrate the newly rerouted trail. Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille will provide adult beverages and the Riverside State Park Foundation will be serving food. A live band, Bodhi Drip, will perform.
For more information about the volunteer event, visit REI Spokane’s events web page here: www.rei.com/event/57425/session/91254 or contact Carol Christensen, REI, (509) 328-9900, firstname.lastname@example.org or Cherie Gwinn, State Parks, (509) 570-2763.
No Discover Pass is required for volunteers. In addition, the work party counts toward the 24 hours of volunteer time required to earn a complimentary Discover Pass. For more information about the Discover Pass, visit: http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/
The official date of National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7.
For more information about the many recreation opportunities at Riverside State Park, visit: http://www.parks.wa.gov/573/Riverside
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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Media contact: Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604 Cherie Gwinn (509) 570-2763 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388