News Release 13-061
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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Don Hoch, Director
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State Parks schedules public meeting in Ellensburg to discuss limited motor vehicle use on John Wayne Pioneer Trail
Oct. 18, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces a public meeting in Ellensburg to discuss potential regulation changes that would lessen restrictions on particular types of motor vehicle use on Iron Horse State Park’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail (JWPT).
The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in the Teanaway Room at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg.
The Washington State Legislature directed that the JWPT be managed for non-motorized uses, and various grants over the years also have limited trail use to non-motorized recreation. A state law restricts motor vehicle use of the JWPT. Farmers with property adjacent to the trail and State Parks concessionaires have requested that the agency allow them greater motorized use.
In response, State Parks is considering request legislation that would allow some additional motor vehicle use for temporary agricultural or concessionaire purposes, under special permit through the agency. At the same time, the request legislation would allow JWPT use by a new class of motor vehicles recently defined by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as “Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices.”
The proposed changes are not intended to alter the primary non-motorized recreation focus of State Parks’ trail management. The intention would be to make State Parks’ management of the JWPT consistent with other rail trails under the agency’s control.
Washington State Parks manages five long-distance rail trails for non-motorized recreation, including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and winter activities such as cross-country skiing and dog-sledding. The trails include the JWPT, managed as part of Iron Horse State Park and comprising most of the old Milwaukee Railroad corridor between Cedar Falls/North Bend and the Idaho border; the Centennial Trail near Spokane; Columbia Hills Plateau Trail from East Pasco to Fish Lake/Spokane; the Willapa Hills Trail from Chehalis to Raymond; and the Klickitat Trail, with a trailhead in Lyle near the Columbia River.
Those who cannot attend the meeting but wish to receive information about the issue may contact Susan Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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