Fennel Creek trails plan is taking shape

By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

Strap on the walking shoes, Bonney Lake is planning for more trails.

The City Council approved a resolution to spend up to $44,250 with Bruce Dees and Associates.

According to city staff, the consulting firm will prepare a trails plan and advise on property acquisition.

"The trail will snake around Fennel Creek and there will be a spur trail going to Allan Yorke Park," Planning Manager Steve Ladd said. "There could be various loops, but the main crux will be the Fennel Creek loop."

City staff, council members Mark Hamilton, Cheryle Nobel and Dan Swatman and representatives of Bruce Dees Associates met June 6 at the City Hall Annex.

"We want to be able to nail down some of the details," Swatman said. "We may need to build sections and not necessarily wait until all the property is acquired."

Ladd said the consulting firm will help the city decide on which side of the creek the trail will be located and what properties must be acquired.

"The routing of the trail is crucial," Ladd said. "The property owners will need to be closely involved and informed."

The proposal for a Fennel Creek trail was adopted by the City Council five years ago and is now being formally implemented.

"We've been working on this for many years," Swatman said. "It's always been something we've talked about. There's more interest on the City Council now and the Park Board. The park impact fees we've implemented have also helped."

Several subdivisions along the Fennel Creek corridor - including Willowbrook, Crystal Meadows and Garden Meadows - have allotted land for the trail, according to city staff.

The eventual goal for the trail is to connect to the Foothills Trail on both its southern and northern end.

The southern end of the trail will connect to the Foothills Trail coming out of Orting and could also connect to a series of trail in the Cascadia development.

The northern end of the Fennel Creek trail would follow the Lake Tapps flume and eventually connect to a trail leading to Buckley.

An advisory committee will be formed to provide oversight of the design and implementation of the trails plan.

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