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Help King County Parks reduce congestion at trailheads by taking online survey

Summary

As part of its commitment to address crowded parking lots at many of its most-popular backcountry trail access points, King County Parks is launching an online survey to learn more about how hikers, runners and other trail users are accessing these trails.

Story

Making good on its pledge to improve access and easeCougar_Squak_Corridor_hiking congestion at some of its most popular backcountry trails, King County Parks is launching an online survey to find out how trail users get to these recreation areas – and how access could be improved.

The survey is at i90trailheads.questionpro.com, and will be available until Dec. 3. Questions focus on how visitors get to select trailheads along the I-90 corridor – including Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Cougar-Squak Corridor Park, Tiger Mountain and Mount Si.

The data will help King County Parks, in partnership with King County Metro Transit, explore new ways to access trailheads along the Interstate 90 corridor and reduce the use of personal vehicles.

 “We want to learn more about how trail users are getting to the trails and what their experiences have been,” said Kevin Brown, division director of King County Parks. “We are excited to work with King County Metro and the hiking community to explore alternatives for reducing trailhead congestion.”

Anyone who completes the anonymous and confidential survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a backcountry backpack donated by REI.

This project is part of a larger effort to increase access to King County Parks’ 215 miles of backcountry trails by improving existing and building new trailheads.  Funded through the voter-approved 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy, King County Parks has completed trailhead projects at Duthie Hill Park, Taylor Mountain Forest, Cougar/Squak Corridor Park and Black Diamond Open Space.

King County Parks will continue trailhead expansion projects in the coming years, such as a new parking lot along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road, built in partnership with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and at Pinnacle Peak Park in Enumclaw.

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About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.