May Creek trail to be unveiled Sept. 15

August 30, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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After nearly two years of work to construct the newest segment of the Newcastle trail system, the city will officially debut the new east portion of the May Creek trail at a Sept. 15 ceremony.

Newcastle Trails, in particular treasurer Peggy Price, Weed Warriors and almost a dozen Eagle Scouts, in conjunction with the city, devoted hours to construct the trail that meanders down a hillside to May Creek itself.

“It wasn’t a real easy trail to put it in,” Weed Warriors President Grace Stiller said.

Stiller cited the work it took for Price and Newcastle Trails members to initially scout the hillside and find the best locations to forge a trail. They went through difficult brush and bees to make it happen.

Several young men helped construct the trail as a part of their Eagle Scout projects, bringing along fellow Scouts and parents to get the job done. Newcastle-based Troop 499 also spent countless hours working on the trail.

“Without the Scouts, it wouldn’t be anywhere near where it is,” Price said.

The same could be said of Price, who “lives and breathes building trails,” Stiller said, crediting the Newcastle Trails treasurer with the bulk of the work to make the May Creek trail possible.

“She’s really tenacious and it’s because of Peggy that trail got put in,” Stiller said.

City officials and members of the groups that worked on the trail will gather for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15. The ceremony will begin with some short speeches, before participants can feast on cake and explore the trail.

“It adds one of the most picturesque trails to the Newcastle trail system,” Stiller said. “It’s great for the walkers, naturalists and those that just want to commune with nature.”


If you go

May Creek trail ribbon-cutting ceremony

  •  2 p.m. Sept. 15
  •  Ceremony is at the retention pond on the west side of Coal Creek Parkway just north of the bridge to the Renton Highlands.
  • Parking is available along Southeast 91st Street, the access to The Highlands at Newcastle, and along May Valley Road.



It takes a village

The following Eagle Scouts contributed greatly to the development of the May Creek trail:

  •  Roland Deex —Troop 498
  •  Steven Tuttle —Troop 498
  •  Peter Disney —Troop 498
  •  Sam Simpson-Gordon —Troop 638
  •  Stephen Johnson —Troop 577
  •  Paul Huakau —Troop 290
  • Zach Toombs —Troop 498
  • Nolan Palzer —Troop 498
  •  Richard Gartenberg — Troop 626
  •  Andre Harsvik —Troop 577
  •  David Vaisar —Troop 499
  • The scouts of Troop 499 also offered extensive assistance.
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