I wrote this in support of proposed legislation from the Washington Tourism Alliance (11/17/15):
As the Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, a member of the Big Tent Coalition and the Chair of the City of Bellingham Tourism Commission, I see first hand the positive effect that recreation and tourism have on our local and state economies. A new state study, completed by the Recreation and Conservation Office in January 2015, finds that people in Washington State spend nearly $22 Billion each year in outdoor pursuits. Olympia is responding positively to recreation. Why not Tourism?!
The recreation community has had the support of Olympia through the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to make recreation a priority for funding and support. This year, the Governor’s office created a new dedicated position for the Outdoor Recreation Sector. We need to have similar support for tourism to help develop our state’s tourism economy. Our neighbors in Oregon, Montana, Idaho and California have budgets between $10 and $60 million.
The bills proposed by the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) need to be accepted and implemented in Olympia. These bills do not contain any state funding; instead they ask the state to help collect funds — because the state already has the collection mechanism in place, while the WTA doesn’t. Funding will be generated by the tourism industry itself through assessments and voluntary contributions. Through these assessments, the WTA estimates a $7.5 million target budget.
The positive impact and potential for growth of our state tourism economy holds tremendous potential. Please enable this economic development tool to be used for the great state of Washington.
Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
Please join us and bring a friend. Join the Facebook Event.
Remember to wear boots, we will be walking through mud!
Saturday, December 12th.
11:00 am @ Firehouse Cafe – 1314 Harris Ave.
11:30 am @ Fairhaven Park Trailhead
Join Executive Director, Todd Elsworth, on a walk starting at 11:00 am from the Firehouse Cafe in Fairhaven to Fairhaven Park. We’ll meet others at 11:30 am at the Trailhead to venture into the Fairhaven Park Forest. (see map below)
The Trail Talk will cover the completed Phase One of the project and provide a sneak peak at the next steps to get across the muddy mess of the wetland. Phase Two of the project will require a wetland crossing with a boardwalk or series of bridges, that is yet to be determined.
We will continue into the woods to help orient people with the network of trails inside the forest. Our destination will be the “old gravel pit” area where we are in the process of determining the feasibility of working with neighborhood youth to build and maintain mountain bike trails and features.
Trail Talk with Todd is inspired by Nature Walk With Chuck (Almost Live!) but he will not replicate his behavior.
We did it! Thank you to all who came out for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Below, Board President Kurt Baumgarten addresses the crowd and shares his appreciation and reminds us, “Trails don’t build themselves”.
Below, Todd Elsworth, Executive Director, gives a warm welcome and thanks all involved.
Mayor Kelli Linville helped with the ceremonies and entertained the crowd.
President Kurt expounds on the importance of creating these partnerships between local non-profits and the city.
An interested crowd looks on!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for…
We did it!
Then we went for a little walk to see where we were going next.
This is our next challenge- crossing the muddy mess of the wetland.
Come for a tour of the trail and see the next steps on
Saturday, December 12th.
11:00 am @ Firehouse Deli – 1314 Harris Ave.
11:30 am @ Fairhaven Park Trailhead
|Todd Elsworth||Recreation Northwest|
|April Claxton||Recreation Northwest|
|Lance Romo||Bellingham Parks & Rec|
|Brent Molsberry||Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Races|
|Emily Morhouse||Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Race TEAM|
|Dusty Caseria||Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Race TEAM|
|Lori McKnight||Arthritis Foundation/Jingle Bell Run/Walk|
|Christie & Kyle Duque||North County Road Race|
|Michele Medlen||Everyday Superheroes 5K|
|Amy Howat||Lake Samish Salmon Row & Paddle & Legendary Banked Slalom|
|Rachael Woods||Skagit Ragnar|
|Ben Twigg||Bellingham Bay Marathon|
|Cyndi Meuchel||Run Like a Girl|
|Eric Brown||Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition|
|Audrey Myers||Run 4 Refuge|
|Doug Schoonover||Mt Baker Bike Club|
|Melissa Riker||Whidbey Island Marathon|
|Loni Rahm||Tourism – Basecamp Bellingham|
|Louise Mugar||Point Roberts Press/Mount Baker Experience|
|Catherine Darkenwald||Point Roberts Press/Mount Baker Experience|
|Jennifer Longstaff||NW Tandem Rally|
|Jen Gallant||Girls on the Run|
|Sharon Stone||Girls on the Run|
|Kelly Krieger||Hamster Endurance Runs|
|Stacy Smith +1||Super Hero 5k|
|Raina Clark||Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers|
|Chris Ohana||Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers|
|Denise Deriech||Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers|
|Patsy Cosgrove||Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers|
|Kyle Nelson||Fun With The Fuzz 5k|
|Elba Benzler||Get Bold Events|
|Ryan Rickerts||Cascade Cross|
|Cisco Rodriguez||Bellingham BMX|
|Steve Walker||Community Boating Center|
|John Rybczyk||Dirty Dan Rowing race|
|AL Coyle||Lake Padden Trail Half|
|Tad Davis||Lake Padden Trail Half|
|Candice Burt||Bellingham Trail Running Series|
|Daniel Probst||Cascade Mountain Runners/Mount Baker Ultra Marathon|
|Jackie Yereance||Backcountry Horseman|
|Polly Favinger||Greater Bellingham Running Club|
|Lindsay Mann-King||Greater Bellingham Running Club|
|Melissa Krantzler||Greater Bellingham Running Club|
|Ben Shaklee||Jack’s Bicycle Homegrown Racing team/Cascade Cross “Border Clash”|
|Javon Smith||Jack’s Bicycle Homegrown Racing team/Cascade Cross “Border Clash”|
|Kevin Dougals||Lost Lake 50k, 25k, Ghost of Birch Bay Marathon, …|
|Curtis Anson||Whatcom Events|
|Jason Mckay Clawson|
|Charlie Heggem||Festival 542 – Mt. Baker Hill Climb|
Here is the list of 2015 Recreation Northwest EXPO Exhibitors.
Check out the DOOR PRIZES they had to offer as well!
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
Fairhaven Runners & Walkers
Jack’s Bicycle Center
Klicks Running and Walking
McNett – Gear Aid
Square One Map Company
Yeager’s Sporting Goods featuring Hobie Kayaks
TOURS, COACHING, HEALTH & WELLNESS
Advanced Medical Massage
Aspire Adventure Running
American Alpine Institute
Girls on the Run
Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
PRIME Massage & Sports Medicine
San Juan Sailing
Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
Whatcom Family YMCA
STEWARDSHIP & OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Community Boating Center
Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC)
Italian Motors USA
Mount Baker Club
Nooksack Nordic Ski Club
North Cascades Institute
Western Wildlife Outreach
Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE)
Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
Wings Over Water NW
Bellingham Bay Marathon
Bellingham Canoe Kayak Sprint Team
Bellingham KIDS Traverse
Bellingham Parks and Recreation RACES
Bellingham Trail Running Series
Fun With The Fuzz
Hamster Endurance Running
Island Quest & Kulshan Quest Adventure Races
Muds to Suds
Northwest Tandem Rally (Mt Baker Bicycle Club)
Run Like a Girl
Ski to Sea
Tour de Whatcom
Whidbey Island Marathon
Bellingham Traverse Team entry
Kulshan Quest Adventure Race Team entry
Bellingham KIDS Traverse Team entry
Annual Membership to Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) = Free entry to all their 2015 races)
INDIVIDUAL Entry into Ragnar Trail Cascades 2015
Entry to the Deception Pass Marathon & Half
Tour de Whatcom
Muds to Suds
Bellingham Bay marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K
Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race
Girls on the Run 5k
And these Prizes too:
Basic Sailing (ASA/American Sailing Association 101) weekend Live-aboard course from San Juan Sailing
Avalanche AIARE course (3-day program) from American Alpine Institute & Outdoors NW Magazine
$20.00 gift card to Fanatik Bike Co
Complimentary Rolfing® Session(s)
A Release N Run (Dog collar and leash in one) and a Pocket Bowl
Intro to Karting Class
Hat or t-shirt from WMBC
Hobie Kayak Demo
Kayak/SUP Rental from Yeager’s
Hamster Endurance Running fleece blanket
Fun With the Fuzz Pint glasses, shirts, water bottles
$100 Gift Certificate to Vital Choice
InCamp Shelter from REI
Amphipod Armpod Smart Phone Carrier from Fairhaven Runners
$20 Gift Certificate to Village Books
Free half-day kayaking trip for two from Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
Full set of Square One Travel and Recreation Maps
Wings Over Water T Shirt
Photo of a triathlon swim start from Wenzel Coaching
Blackburn Adaptable Cargo Carrier and Boundry Bay Growler from Jack’s
Mounted poster of a North Cascades Grizzly Bear from Western Wildlife Outreach
Pair of Hats from Mount Baker Bicycle Club, presenting Northwest Tandem Rally
Tech T-shirt from Mount Baker Bicycle Club and Chuckanut Century
Girls on the Run Prize Pack
Run Like a Girl Prize Pack
an eqpd Last Grocery Bag
1 hour massage from Advanced Medical Massage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recreation Northwest Sets New Forest Trail
Ribbon Cutting for October 8, 2015
Accessible trail links Fairhaven Park and Chuckanut Community Forest, reduces impact on wetlands.
BELLINGHAM, Wash., October 1, 2015—In fulfillment of its mission to care for the places where we play, Recreation Northwest is pleased to announce that its first stewardship project, the building of a new trail connecting Fairhaven Park with the Chuckanut Community Forest, is complete and ready for public use. A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the trailhead on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Starting in the spring of 2015, volunteers and professionals worked to create the new trail, which is Phase One of a longer-term effort to preserve and plan the Chuckanut Community Forest. The wide, accessible, gravel trail leads from Fairhaven Park to 18th Street, off Fairhaven Parkway, replacing a path that took users, such as runners, hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers, directly through a wetlands area. While the path was inconveniently muddy and messy most of the year, increasingly heavy use also threatened the health of the forest and watershed.
A series of work parties throughout August and September brought together over 100 volunteers to remove brush, move mulch and clean up after heavy-duty excavation and graveling was completed. Business support and volunteers were provided by Q Laundry and Alcoa Intalco Works. Jack and Tony of Fairhaven’s new Stones Throw Brewery hosted volunteers after the work parties and will be welcoming the public after the ribbon cutting on Thursday.
Recreation Northwest collaborated on the building project with The City of Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works, as well as Northwest Trails, Inc., Welch Ecological Services and Wilson Engineering. Funds to build the trail were donated by the public and community groups, such as the Fairhaven Lions Club.
“The Fairhaven Lions Club was happy to invest in this well-planned endeavor, and to work with Recreation Northwest on a hands-on project,” said Joel Haggen, club President. “We are very proud to have our club’s name on the new trail, and are looking forward to collaborating on Phase Two, as well.”
“Recreation Northwest brought people together on this project to create a win-win for the community and the environment,” said James King, Director of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. “They put in considerable effort to construct a great new trail that everyone feels good about, and we are very happy with the outcome of our partnership.”
On October 8, 2015, the public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Event will be held adjacent to the upper pavilion in Fairhaven Park, it begins at 5:30pm and ends at 6:30pm. After the ribbon cutting, a tour of the new trail will be given as well as insight into the proposed trail alignment for Phase Two- to cross the wetland area- providing access into the woods. The public is then invited to join a celebration at Stones Throw Brewery in Fairhaven at 1009 Larrabee Ave. from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
For more details, or to learn more about Recreation Northwest, visit http://www.recreationnorthwest.org or call 360-739-8458.
About Recreation Northwest
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, WA–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Director Summit; and the Recreation Northwest EXPO. Learn more at recreationnorthwest.org.