Hazelwood Trail complete and ready for users

July 1, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The Hazelwood Trail is now a little bit longer.

In October, four Eagle Scout candidates led work parties that built a 1,200-foot extension to the Hazelwood Trail. On June 5, a group of about 30 people attended the extension’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to view the finished product and congratulate the Scouts on a job well done.

From left, Mayor John Dulcich, Newcastle Trails President Garry Kampen, Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller and Newcastle Trails Vice President Peggy Price lead the Hazelwood Trail ribbon cutting June 5. Immediately to Price’s left is project leader Ildar Hayes, and third from her left is project leader Nathan Malmberg. By Tim Pfarr

A walk on the new trail from Hazelwood Elementary School to the 7.3-acre Hazelwood Park followed the ribbon cutting. From the school, the trail ascends to Cowboy Hill and then descends concrete stairs before arriving at the park.

“It’s a very significant deal, and we are so honored to have the Scouts spearhead this effort,” Mayor John Dulcich said at the ceremony before cutting the ribbon.

He said he could not think of a better way to give back to the community than by blazing a trail.

“We really appreciate it, and we will definitely appreciate it for years to come,” he said.

Scouts Ildar Hayes, of Troop 499; Evan Bell, of Troop 449; and Aaron Escamilla and Nathan Malmberg, of Troop 446, led the work parties that built the trail, but only Malmberg and Hayes attended the ribbon cutting, as Escamilla and Bell were taking the SAT that morning.

Malmberg said he was pleased with the completed trail.

“I thought it was really cool going back and walking on it,” he said.

The trail walk also brought people from outside the city.

“It’s nice, because it has a nice peak,” Renton resident Monica LeFever said about the trail. She brought her dog Daisy, a boxer, along with her.

Renton resident Mark Szender came with his son Bobby, who is in Troop 499 with Hayes.

“I love the stairs on the other side,” Szender said, adding that they remind him of forested stairs near where he grew up in West Seattle.

Also in attendance were City Council members Lisa Jensen, Carol Simpson, Rich Crispo and Bill Erxleben, Renton School District Superintendent Mary Heuschel, Renton School Board member Pam Teal, State Rep. Marcie Maxwell, and officials from Newcastle Trails and Newcastle Weed Warriors.

“It’s a pretty neat thing,” Newcastle Trails Vice President Jim Price said about the Scouts making the new trail. “You see stuff like this and you say, ‘Wow, we’ve come a long way.’”

On the web
See video of the ribbon cutting on Newcastle News’ website, www.newcastle-news.com.
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