Notes from Newcastle: Newcastle Trails at 15

October 3, 2014

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Garry Kampen

This year is the 20th anniversary of Newcastle, a small city that ranks high in livability, and the 15th anniversary of Newcastle Trails, a nonprofit citizens group that has worked for parks, trails and open space, in close cooperation with the city, since 1999.

I’m writing to celebrate Newcastle’s amazing and still-growing trail system, and to encourage you to explore it and enjoy it. Check NT’s website, www.newcastletrails.org; download our latest map and trail guide; join NT by emailing info@newcastletrails.org (for trail news, no dues); attend our Oct. 6 board meeting (7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle); and consider volunteering for the board, or lending a hand with trail work, computer work (GIS, web, writing), lobbying, fundraising — whatever you’d like to do. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: The Prices of city trail maintenance

July 2, 2014

As the pleasant summer months approach, there is no better time to explore the city’s vast trail network under blue skies and warm temperatures.

You can find longtime Newcastle residents Jim and Peggy Price on the trails in rain or shine, though.

The husband-and-wife team is very active when it comes to preserving and expanding Newcastle’s walking trails. They were among the founders of the Newcastle Trails organization and continue to remain deeply involved in the nonprofit.

Peggy had a direct hand in designing, routing and building the Terrace Trail and the eastern portion of the May Creek Trail. She now spends a large portion of her weeks working on the CrossTown Trail, which will span from Coal Creek Parkway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Read more

Letters

July 2, 2014

Mark Rigos and his positive impact will truly be missed

Thanks for your first-rate coverage of the departure of Mark Rigos, Newcastle’s Public Works director. Mark is an extraordinary individual who made a huge positive impact on the city and its residents, especially in expanding and improving Newcastle’s trail system, as members of Newcastle Trails can attest.

Projects that had been deferred for years were completed during Mark’s three-year tenure, often on his initiative (without prodding from Newcastle Trails). These included easements for the Horse Trail, drainage on the Highlands Trail, and surveys that helped prevent encroachment on our parks and trails.

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Public works director leaving for North Bend

June 5, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mark Rigos, outgoing Newcastle Public Works director, with his son Alexander, speaks at the May Creek Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15.

Newcastle Public Works Director Mark Rigos has only worked with the city for three years, but his impact on the community is so great that when he announced his resignation, at least one resident became emotional at the thought of losing him. Read more

Mayor touts ‘small-town feel’ of city

March 5, 2014

The Newcastle mayor made his annual visit to the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and for the first time, it was newly elected Mayor Steve Buri who spoke to the audience of residents and local business leaders Feb. 12.

In an approximately 20-minute address, Buri talked about his love of Newcastle’s sense of community, and he updated citizens about improvements to Lake Boren Park, development of the Mutual Materials site and a potential new project to expand the May Creek Trail.

Buri, who assumed the mayor’s role in January, introduced himself before discussing city matters. He moved to Newcastle in 1998, he said, where he and his wife quickly fell in love with the city.

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Newcastle Trails prepares for upcoming projects

April 5, 2012

Newcastle Trails is looking to complete and explore possible projects in coming months.

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 Trails volunteers working closely with the city of Newcastle.

The final sections up to the existing trail will be completed as a series of Eagle Scout projects.

Working with officials from Newcastle and Renton, the trails organization has identified a possible route and bridge location for the extension of the May Creek Trail west into the city of 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.

Many volunteers will be needed to help to get the trails finished quickly.

Email Peggy Price at info@newcastletrails.org to volunteer.

Volunteers needed for trail work

December 1, 2011

Work parties continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 18 on the May Creek Trail extension east to Coal Creek Parkway.

Scouts from several troops will work on both ends of the new trail, but more volunteers are needed. Newcastle Trails is a nonprofit organization that can provide certificates of community service.

Supervisors are also welcome. Adults who can move along the trail, keep people on task and answer questions are also needed.

Contact Peggy Price at 829-2196 or info@newcastletrails.org for more information.

Build trails, clean Hazelwood Park this weekend

June 9, 2011

NEW — 4:55 p.m. June 9, 2011

Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Weed Warriors are holding work parties June 11.

Newcastle Trails will build a portion of the May Creek Trail, and the Weed Warriors will clean up Hazelwood Park, 121st Place Southeast.

Trail work will be from 9 a.m. to noon between Coal Creek Parkway and the existing May Creek Rail Trail. Volunteers will begin tossing sticks, removing vegetation and roughing out the trail. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves for the work.

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