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Ebey Waterfront Trail opens on April 22

 

Christopher Andersson

The first part of the Ebey Waterfront Trail as seen from the SR-529 bridge on April 14, closed by fences at the time.

The first phase of Marysville’s new Ebey Waterfront Trail will be opened to the public during a community grand opening on April 22.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m.

The trail will go along the Ebey Slough waterfront and into the Qwuloolt Estuary, a recently restored estuary near downtown Marysville close to the Sunnyside area.

The Tulalip Tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other groups worked on the restoration project which was designed to restore natural habitat that had been turned into farmland.

Last summer a levee near the Ebey Slough was breached as part of the final phase of the project.

“I think the Qwuloolt restoration has been great. Most of our residents are really pleased with how the area is turning out,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

The trail project has been in the works for several years at the city, said Nehring.

“First, we had to clean everything up, and that took a few years,” he said.

After that work, city officials moved to planning and constructing the trail, which has been in the process over the last couple of years, he said.

“This will be a great opportunity to get to an area of the city that the community has not had much of a chance to see yet,” said Nehring.

The trail will also greatly increase the amount of Ebey Slough waterfront that the public can visit.

“We have the boat launch, but this will be the first real expansive area where the public can enjoy the [Ebey] waterfront,” he said.

The trail will provide a place to see some of the “quiet scenic beauty” of the area, said Nehring.

He hopes that it will serve as an attraction for people outside of Marysville as well.

It also adds a new element of recreation near downtown Marysville.

“This will be something different and will add a whole new area to our downtown,” he said.

The Ebey Waterfront Trail first phase is completed, but also has two more phases of construction that they city hopes to complete in the future as well.

They hope to begin the second phase of the trail later this year, although they have some property negotiations to work through, said Nehring.

The next phase has already been funded by the Marysville City Council’s latest budget.

“We want to keep up the momentum and get this trail finished,” said Nehring.

The city also continues to discuss the possibility of expanding the Ebey Waterfront Park to become a bigger downtown recreation area.

The new trail will be open on April 22 with a ceremony with Nehring and other officials.

“This will be a way to kick-off our new trail and publicize it to get the word out so that people can get to know it,” he said. “And also to recognize all the work that has gone into this."Parking for the event will be located at the Ebey Waterfront Park at 1404 First Street.

Music and refreshments will be available. There will be free maps and other give-aways for the first 200 people as well.

For more information go to marysvillewa.gov.

 

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