2021 Leafline Trails Summit

Our fall summit is back for 2021! Let’s come together to chart next steps in our collective efforts to realize a vibrant and resilient future for the region through trails. With three virtual sessions and three outdoor events, we’ll celebrate progress, understand key challenges, and deepen our community of business, community, and government leaders. Please note that the Summit schedule may be updated here as we finalize speakers and content.

Tuesday, October 12: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmThe Value of Trails
What value will trails provide for the 5 million future residents of the Puget Sound region? How can policymakers, trail managers, community members, and advocates better communicate and realize these benefits? Learn from experts about the economic benefits of trails, case studies for climate resilience and emergency management, health savings associated with trails, and more.
See speaker details & register in Zoom.
Virtual panel discussion
Wednesday, October 13:
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Accessing Federal, State, and Local Funding for Trails
Learn how trail managers are tapping into federal, state, and local funding and expert insights on what’s working (or not!). Speakers include Kevin Mills (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), Sarah Gutschow (Puget Sound Regional Council), Barb Chamberlain (WSDOT), Christine Mahler (WWRC), Mayor Pat Johnson (Buckley), Tracy Stanton (Emerald Alliance), and more. Moderated by Monica Leers (King County Parks).
See speaker details & register in Zoom.
Virtual panel discussion with Q&A
Thursday, October 14: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmIdentify and Address Shared Challenges
Join this interactive discussion to help cross-sector collaborators identify shared challenges, tap into innovation, learn from peer insights, and try new approaches. Thinking of this group as a “community of practice”, we’ll use facilitated discussions to explore the challenges we face as Leafline Trails Coalition members, partners, and supporters.
Register in Zoom
Virtual workshop centered on group discussion & reflection
Friday, October 15: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pmInterurban Trail South Policy Ride
Learn how communities and trail managers are working to improve trail connections between King and Pierce counties at this policy ride hosted by Leafline Trails Coalition, King County Parks, Pierce County Parks, City of Kent, and ForeverGreen Trails. We’ll ride from Algona to Pacific and back, with several speakers along the way. Terry Jungman (City of Kent) and Jean White (volunteer, retired King County) will lead our ride. After we wrap up, there will be the option to extend from Algona to Kent and back.
In-person outdoor event, including a 5-mile bike ride (and option to extend)
Saturday, October 16: 10:00 am – 12:00 pmInterurban Trail North Policy Ride
Closing gaps and making multimodal connections along the Interurban Trail in Snohomish County. Hosted by Leafline Trails Coaltion and Snohomish County Transportation Coalition. Ride led by Luke Distelhorst and Brock Howell.
In-person outdoor event, including a 10-mile bike ride
Thursday, November 4: 1:30 – 2:30 pm*Jackson Park Policy Ride in Bremerton
Join Bremerton City Council members, parents and students from Bud Hawke Elementary School, and West Sound Cycling Club to discuss a paved shared use path from the Jackson Park Neighborhood connecting to Shorewood Drive.
*If it rains, event will be held at the same time the following week, on November 11.
RSVP to Dianne Iverson
In-person outdoor event, including a short bike ride (under 5 miles)

Please contact organizer Claire Martini with accommodation requests by Thursday, October 9.



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