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Mount Vernon trail users will soon benefit from improved signage and trail maintenance. In September 2005, the Mount Vernon City Council adopted a trail signage policy and Adopt-a-Trail program that were developed and proposed by the Urban Trail Committee and Parks and Recreation Department.
Mount Vernon Healthy Communities conducted background research and worked with the Urban Trails Committee to create the policies and with the Parks and Recreation Department to get approval from council. MVHCP is working on implementation and donated $2400 for volunteer safety equipment and signage.
Through a partnership with the Skagit County Non-Motorized Advisory Committee, trail counters and software will be purchased to facilitate getting baseline data on county trail use. Changes in use over time will be evaluated to determine whether policies and promotions increase trail use. Skagit County Parks and Recreation will place the counters and download data. The community is also working with the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington to track completion of project objectives.
Mount Vernon Healthy Communities Project, Urban Trails Committee, Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department, City of Mount Vernon, Skagit County Physical Activity Coalition, Skagit County Parks and Recreation, Skagit Valley Hospital, Skagit County Health Department, National Park Service
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