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The Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) recently awarded the prestigious Spotlight Award for Facilities and Parks to Mountlake Terrace for its Lakeview Trail. Lakeview Trail was selected as the 2017 Spotlight Award winner in the category of Trails & Pathways.
The award for excellence in facility design and construction was presented to Councilmember Doug McCardle, Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission liaison by the WRPA Northwest Regional Director and Mountlake Terrace Recreation Supervisor, Kevin Witte.
The Lakeview Trail is a beautiful path that connects the community to a variety of recreational activities. The Lakeview Trail connects the City Center, Interurban Trail, Ballinger Park, the local Transit Center and the cities of Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds. Its improved width, lighting, crosswalks, and traffic lights provide a safe route for walkers, bicyclists, and joggers. The trail is heavily used during community special events. The trail provides access to a variety of recreational activities including walking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, playgrounds, birding, and other nature related activities. Once Ballinger Park is complete, the trail will serve as the main access to new features within the park.
This project was completed using input from the community and partnering with a variety of government agencies. Community meetings were held to receive input and feedback on the project. The city collaborated with Community Transit, WSDOT, the City of Edmonds and Governor Jay Inslee’s office. The Lakeview Trail is heavily used and the City of Mountlake Terrace is thrilled to provide the community with such a wonderful option to access the variety of recreational opportunities in the city.
The Washington Recreation and Park Association celebrates people, parks and programs with an annual awards program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State.
Spotlight Awards recognize outstanding achievements by parks and recreation agencies. Award categories include: facilities and parks; marketing and outreach; and program excellence. Spotlight awards for facilities and parks recognize the highest standards in design, development and renovation of park and recreation areas.
WRPA is a non-profit professional and public interest organization comprised of nearly 1,500 members. The organization provides resources for the public and members who create community through people, parks and programs. The association plays a vital role in promoting and advocating public support for parks and recreation and increasing awareness of the necessity to preserve, enhance, and utilize leisure resources for a balanced lifestyle.