June 7, 2017 – The Snohomish County Parks Department is considering changes to Lord Hill Park between Snohomish and Monroe, WA.
If you care about the future of horseback riding, hiking, birding, etc. at Lord Hill Park, please drop in and fill out the questionnaire at the Lord Hill Site and Management Plan Public Open House, June 21st, in the 4-H building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.
The Snohomish County Parks Dept is planning for new horse and bike trails. We support those plans. We are bike friendly, but we oppose proposals for an extensive new system, including bike skills areas, which may attract up to 50,000 more mountain bikers a year, according to bike club estimates. We support keeping the park as it is now — with a balance of multi-use and as a natural, quiet wildlife haven for all users to enjoy.
Only folks attending the open house will be able to fill out a questionnaire. The Parks Dept. will strongly consider input from the questionnaire as they come up with their plan.
The Parks Dept will have maps and displays regarding the park history, planning process, timeline and conceptual alternatives being considered.
Some equestrian and hiking groups are working together to preserve the park as it is now.
Some points to Preserve Lord Hill Park;
- Preserve the quiet nature of the park for all users and the flora and fauna.
- Avoid any plans that will substantially increase trail traffic and neighborhood traffic.
- Do not build a type of bike system or anything else that will attract a significantly larger number of bikes. This will throw multi-use out of whack and negatively impact the park environment and also create safety issues for other users.
- Limit the number of miles for designated bike and equestrian trails to avoid criss crossing trails throughout the park. Allow for wildlife corridors.
- Although the plan has been downsized to bike skills areas, EMBA has estimated the new system could bring in 50K a year at most. They’ve also said that might take 20 years. 50K would be a HUGE increase over current overall park traffic. Given the long history at Lord Hill of unauthorized trail building, it seems likely that these areas will eventually be expanded, attracting even more bike traffic.
- Maintain the current equestrian access for trails and parking, except for bike-only trails;
- Preserve the SE section of the park which was designated in 2013 for equestrians/ hikers. Don’t allow bikes into the SE section, not even the proposed bypass trail. That would defeat the purpose of a safe zone.
- Preserve the equestrian parking area at the south end of the park near the reclaimed quarry where there’s enough room to park 60 horse trailers for equestrian events.
Click to view map of Fairgrounds and 4-H Building #501.
The links below are to provide additional information of the proposed changes and how they may impact the park.
Click to access the Lord Hill Regional Park Site and Management Plan Update webpage.
Click to access the Save Lord Hill Park Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/SaveLordHillPark/
Click to access the Preserve & Protect Lord Hill Regional Park website – http://www.greatsportwrongpark.com/
Click to access the Lord Hill Park Equestrians Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/LHPEQ/