In 2020, we shone a light on the importance of trails

This year required a lot of us all. But, despite the distance, together we shone a bright light on the importance of trails. We formally launched in fall 2020, backed by leaders from the four counties Leafline will one day connect. Looking back at where we started—and the first gathering of trail managers, advocates, businesses, and community groups in 2018—it’s clear that there is immense support for trails in central Puget Sound!

Check out what we accomplished together:

Pete Mayer on Zoom

This winter, we set our sights on our most ambitious year of programming to date by crafting our charter, nominating Leafline’s first Leadership Group, and successfully fundraising to stand up backbone staffing.

In the spring, when the world stopped coming together in person, we took our in-person Coalition fully digital; we soon reached new levels of engagement throughout the region. As parks and trails closed, we shared information about trail usage policies throughout the region to make sure essential workers could keep using trails to get around and people could recreate responsibly as they turned to trails to support physical and mental health.

Over the summer, as transportation stimulus talks began in Washington, D.C., we rapidly assessed the magnitude of need for trail investments in our region and communicated with federal policymakers about the significant health, economic, environmental, and transportation benefits of trails.

As we entered the fall, we formally launched, two years after our initial convening. Our team worked to build a new website, many of you helped spread the word about our joint efforts, and the media took notice. With your help, we were able to double our membership and our roster of trail supporters!

Now, our Leadership Group is making plans to catalyze momentum for trails across central Puget Sound in 2021 and beyond. The next step is working together to expand the 450 miles of wide, shared use paths that we enjoy today, but we need your support as we develop our map vision. We couldn’t do this work without you!

While it may be some time yet before we can gather in person, it’s still possible to get out for a walk, bike, run, or roll on our growing network of trails. Join us in celebrating some of the major milestones that trail managers and Coalition partners accomplished this year:

Want to be the first to hear Leafline updates? Be sure you’re on our email list for meeting invitations and exciting updates in 2021.

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