Volunteers needed for May Creek Trail project
March 21, 2012
NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2012
Volunteers are needed for work that will resume March 24 on the May Creek Trail extension east to Coal Creek Parkway.
A work trail party will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch around noon. Pizza and beverages will be provided.
Boy Scout Nolan Palzer of Troop 498 is organizing the work as part of his Eagle project. The work will include clearing brush, removing organic matter from the soil and contouring the trail bed.
Trail tools will be provided by Newcastle Trails and the Scouts for the events. Attendees are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves. Newcastle Trails generally provides gloves and water.
Volunteers should arrive at 8:45 a.m. for a tool use and safety demonstration prior to starting the construction process.
Volunteers should take Coal Creek Parkway to S.E. 89th Place and drive three blocks west near the orange cones. Park along the road and follow the water line corridor south for about a block. An ad hoc trail to the right (not the rail trail — that’s too soon) goes down to the work site in the woods above May Creek. Look for markers along the way.
The East May Creek Trail is walkable from Coal Creek Parkway down to the “picnic site” (logs make ad hoc benches and tables) just down May Creek from the mouth of Boren Creek. From there a rough trail exists all the way to the existing May Creek Trail.
The section along the creek is being steadily improved by Newcastle Trail volunteers through work with the city of Newcastle.
The final sections up to the existing trail will be completed as a series of Eagle Scout projects. After working with officials from Newcastle and Renton, Newcastle Trails has identified a possible route and bridge location for the extension of the May Creek Trail west into Renton.
The group is also examining the prospect of resuming work on the East CrossTown Trail when the Newcastle Vista subdivision goes in later this year.