Two Whipple Creek Park trails to be improved for year-round use
Volunteers to provide labor; former landowners’ donation to pay for materials
Pete Capell, Public Works
Vancouver, WA – Whipple Creek Regional Park, a popular site with equestrians, joggers, hikers and mountain bikers, will become a less muddy experience during winter months.
The Landerholm, Lansverk and Elmer families, which once owned 40 acres in the 300-acre regional park, will provide about $25,000 for materials to improve two trails and open more of the park’s 4.3 miles of trails to year-round use.
The Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee and volunteers, marshaled by Public Works, will provide the labor. Work is expected to begin this month and could be completed by the end of the year, depending on weather and other factors.
In 1997, the Landerholm, Lansverk and Elmer families set aside $75,000 for park improvements. The money has been held by Columbia Land Trust. About $17,000 will be spent on base rock, fabric, rebar and other materials to improve the South Ridge Loop Trail. Another $8,200 will be used for materials to improve the Stone Mill Loop Trail.
Columbia Land Trust will release the money to the Parks Foundation of Clark County, which will reimburse the restoration committee. As an additional level of oversight, Clark County will review and approve payment requests.
The restoration committee operates as a citizen conservancy group for the parks foundation. It also has an “Adopt-A-Park” agreement with Public Works.
“This is great partnership that will benefit many park users,” said Peter Capell, Public Works director. “Whipple Creek Park Restoration Committee, Columbia Land Trust, the Parks Foundation of Clark County, the three families and all the volunteers deserve credit for working cooperatively to get this project organized for our community.”
Since January 2011, the restoration committee, Washington Trails Association and other volunteers have donated more than 2,800 hours to improve the largely forested park. The parks foundation has received $10,650 in donations for the park during the same period.