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Posted on: October 20, 2014

14-067 Celebrate the grand opening of the new Evergreen Sno-Park, Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – Oct.20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kittitas County Parks and Recreation District No. 1 invite the public to a grand opening celebration of Phase 1 of the new Evergreen Sno-Park near Cle Elum.

The celebration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the site on All Seasons Drive (formerly FS Road #4510) off Woods and Steele Road, approximately six miles southwest of Cle Elum. As part of the celebration, members of the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) and the snowmobiling community invite the public to a chili feed and drawing. The chili feed is $5.

Evergreen Sno-Park, at 2,200 feet elevation, gives snowmobilers access to more than 100 miles of groomed trails on the Taneum-Manastash trail system. (Link to trail system map: ="http://www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/202">www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/202) The new Sno-Park replaces the old Woods and Steele Staging Area and can accommodate up to 25 vehicles with trailers. Once completed, the two-acre site will be expanded to five acres.

For more information about the event, contact Florence or Wayne Mohler at fwmohler@msn.com.

Directions to the Evergreen Sno-Park:
From I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 78 and go south on Golf Course Road for .8 miles to Westside Road. Turn left and go 1.7 miles to Woods and Steele Road. Turn right and go .8 miles to All Seasons Drive (FS #4510) and turn left. Follow All Seasons Road almost to the end. Sno-Park is on the right.

From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 84, turn right on E. Russ St. At the stoplight, turn left on First St; turn left on Stafford St heading south under I-90. Stafford turns into South Cle Elum Rd. Go 0.8 mi to Madison St and turn right; go one block and turn left on 6th St (turns into Westside Road. Drive 3.8 miles on Westside Road, turn left on Woods and Steele Road. At All Seasons Drive, turn left for 0.7 miles. The Sno-Park is on the right.

The Sno-Park system officially opens Dec. 1, depending on snow conditions.

As winter approaches, Washington State Parks would like to remind snowmobilers to make sure they register their machines with Washington State Department of Licensing. Current snowmobile registration is $40 per snowmobile per year. Tow vehicles must display a valid Sno-Park permit, which is issued at no cost when registering a snowmobile.

About the Winter Recreation Program
Washington State Parks administers the Winter Recreation Program in seven national forests and blocks of state and private forest land. The program manages 125 Sno-Parks near groomed and backcountry trails for snowmobile and non-motorized recreational uses. The snowmobile program is self-sustaining, relying on fees from snowmobile registrations and fuel tax revenue to fund operations. The gas tax refund and registration fees collected each year add up to approximately $69 per snowmobile to help fund the program.

For more information about the program, visit www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-Recreation. Stay current with trail grooming information, access to winter recreation opportunities and issues related to winter recreation on Twitter: @WaStatePks_WNTR

More information about the Kittitas Parks and Recreation District 1 is at: http://kprd1.weebly.com/

About Washington State Parks
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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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 contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Pamela McConkey, (360) 902-8595
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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