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Community celebrates opening of the Ebey Waterfront Trail

 


The Tulalip Tribes

The Tulalip Tribes lifts its hands to the City of Marysville for the completion of the current phase of the Ebey Waterfront Trail. The trail begins near Ebey Front Park and ends at the Qwuloolt Estuary which is enjoying its second season after the levy was breached in 2015. The mission of the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project was to restore the historic and natural processes of the river and tides thereby restoring critical habitat for juvenile salmon and other plant and animal species.

“The Qwuloolt project took 17 years, millions of dollars, and an ongoing commitment by the Tulalip Tribes and its partners to make it a reality,” said Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Marie Zackuse. “Today, the City of Marysville has completed a trail that will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to witness a wetland under recovery.” She emphasized the fact that these large-scale restoration projects can enhance the quality of life for residents as well as fish and habitat.

Ebey Slough, including the Qwuloolt Estuary, provide habitat to salmon, waterfowl, and other natural resources that are critically important to the Tulalip Tribes from a cultural and economic perspective. Ancestors and descendants of the allied bands of the Tulalip Tribes including the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Samish, and Stillaguamish have survived and thrived throughout the Snohomish River Basin since time immemorial. Qwuloolt was a valued place for fishing and fish camps, hunting of birds and mammals, and a place to gather native plants for basketry, culinary and medicinal uses.

The Tulalip Tribes, along with its trustee partners (U.S. Fish and Wildlife; EPA; NOAA; Ecology; Washington State Fish and Wildlife) and other major partners like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Puget Sound Partnership, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the City of Marysville have provided a successful model for how jurisdictions, agencies, and non-governmental organizations can work together to improve the quality of life for residents while achieving positive outcomes for fish and habitat.

Marysville School District

As a community of educators dedicated to providing every student in the Marysville School District with the ability to think critically, create and innovate, collaborate with others, communicate effectively and care compassionately, we know we cannot do it alone. Accomplishing these tasks on behalf of our students takes partnerships with those who support our families, which in turn supports our kids.  

The Qwuloolt Estuary and Trail is a great example of local government organizations working together to improve the Marysville community and the quality of life for all our residents. The City of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes development of a park, trail and estuary create benefits that will carry on for many years to come. 

We look forward to seeing our families and students using the trail and getting active. We also look forward to all the educational opportunities that come from the Tulalip Tribes environmentally sound practices and seeing how their work inspires future generations of students. It takes a village to raise a child and we are continually grateful to those who see the benefit of investing in our future. 

City of Marysville

On Saturday, April 22, we celebrated the expansion and real return of public access to our waterfront. The opening of the first phase of the Ebey Waterfront Trail honors Marysville’s historic roots. As a logging town dependent on steamboats traveling through Ebey Slough to move both people and goods in the late 1800s, Marysville’s first homes and businesses were built along the waterfront.

The city’s trail project would not be possible without the monumental work led by the Tulalip Tribes over many years to restore the Qwuloolt Estuary. The Tulalip Tribes are leaders in environmental stewardship and share with the city an emphasis on healthy communities, including recreational opportunities like the one this trail offers.

Current public trail access includes two sections of shoreline trail, one from Ebey Waterfront Park and the other from Harborview Park. Future work in the Waterfront Trail plan will connect the two current segments to complete the five-mile trail loop around the estuary. The City has budgeted funds and has requested additional state funding to keep the project moving forward.

 

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