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January 2, 2014

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Creating a pathway for urban trails City passes plan to expand walking opportunities By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Imagine a forest path that winds along Shelton Creek from behind the Shelton Library and climbs into the Mountain View and Northcliff neigh- borhoods. Envision an expanded Huff 'n Puff Trail, a pedestrian-friendly link be- tween the Angleside neighborhood and downtown Shelton, and a path designed for school children and oth- ers from the Hillcrest neighborhood to the downtown. Those are the four proposed paths being given top priority in Shelton's 2013 Community Trails Plan, which culminates a yearlong effort by the city's Park and Recreation Advisory Committee. The Shelton City Commission on Monday passed the final draft of the plan at a work study session. The trails plan becomes part of the city's Comprehensive Parks and Recre- ation Plan -- established in 2008 -- and the city of Shelton Comprehen- sive Plan. The plan contains few details on the trails themselves, City Parks and Recreation Director Mark Ziegler told the commissioners at their Dec. 23 meeting, when the plan was passed on its preliminary reading. "This is an initial road map to get us down the road," he said. The plan points out that "a number of smaller, informal trail systems link many of the city's neighborhoods with the downtown area, and with natural features such as creeks. A majority of these trails occur on private prop- erty." As for formal urban trails, the city lists only four: the half-mile Ravenna Journal photo by Gordon Weeks In the city of Shelton's Community Trails Plan adopted Monday, the proposed trail that is getting top priority is formalizing an existing trail along Shelton Creek that begins at Seventh and Laurel streets -- behind the Shelton library -- and climbs into the Mountain View and Northcliff neighborhoods, Trail, the half-mile Shelton Creek Trail, and pedestrian paths on Olym- pic Highway North and at Brockdale and Spring roads. "There's not a great inventory of community trails," Ziegler said. "There are lots of informal trails." Some of the recommendations are shaped by the 136 responses to a city survey that was mailed with city util- ity bills in March. In the survey, residents rated neighborhood parks and community trails as the top two priorities. The top three choices for new trails link the Shelton Timberland Library and Mason General Hospital, downtown Shelton and Angleside, and Seventh Street and U.S. Highway 101 along Goldsborough Creek. In the survey, respondents were asked to rank the importance of nine types of trails. The highest priority was fitness, followed by sidewalks, nature, walking roadsides, making connections, biking roadsides and water access. Ranking last in impor- tance was equestrian use. The survey showed that side- walks" have the most daily use at 35 percent, followed by nature and walking roadsides tied at 21 per- cent. Of the respondents who said they rarely or never use city trails, 49 percent said no trails are near their house, and 45 percent say not enough trails are nearby. Thirty- nine percent said they don't know the location of trails. See TRAILS on page A-8 "We Make House Calls" r" 1 I Need a roof? I I Choose your own I special offer! I Your Full Seice Roofer Since 1959 I - Either- , Year-R0und ONE DAY Services in most cases 24 hour EMERGENCY services available COMPLETE roofing services for all your residential, commercial and industrial roofing needs Lifetime Product WARRANTIES available Composition, metal, shakes, tile, flat roofs, windows and decks- we do it all! , Professional job site cleanup on all projects CALL NOW for your FREE ESTIMATE! I 48 Months with I I 0% Interest I I Financing O.A.C.* I I -- Or-- 10% Cash Back Bonus* I * May not be combined with any other offers I or discounts. Ask your local representative for I details. Financing available on approval of credit. Offers expire 1/31/2014. L ...... -J t36ol 427.8611 LicenRF6sded 1131 W, Kamilche Lane-Just off Highway 101 . AlsoServing:Olym..pia' Lacey:.Tumwate, r . : , . T,n,,o. Y,4m. Tacoma.,mno' n ---- Z m Gig Harbor, Centralia, Chehdis. Longview. Vancouver. Roy I , NEW PATIENT SPECIAL* ', I I s99 ,' OO Exom, X-roys, cleoning , I I   Shelton Dental Excellence  1626 Olympic Hwy. 426-4712 I *(ntbembihanythfer)mentcupnrstppjnment.Cshv/2Expir/3/14 I L i m m a m l In 1 l m IIl m m m Iml m m Ill mll m m m  J im im m ml mm Im mm m mm mm m m mm m mm m II m mm m m mm m mm m mm ml m m m ql I I : FREE WHITENING" : I I , For Active ond New Potients , I I :o" Shelton Dental Excellence I , I , ' 1626 Olympic Hwy. 426-4712 I I Lmm|mmm||m||mmmm|mmmm|mm|mm|mm| 'Check In' on Facebook Shelton Dental Excellence 1626 Olympic Hwy N Shelton (360) 426-4712 www.SheltonDental.com Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page A-3