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Good Crowd Turns Out for Port’s Trail Anniversary Event

Burlington – An estimated 100 walkers, joggers and bicyclists turned out on July 30 when the Port of Skagit hosted a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of its popular 10.13-mile system of nature trails around port properties on Bayview Ridge.

 Port staff members greeted people at the trail parking lot on the corner of Ovenell Road and Higgins Airport Way with refreshments and provided  information about the trail system.

The event also touted the port’s record as a responsible steward of the properties it controls at Skagit Regional Airport, the Bayview Business Park and La Conner Marina. Among the measures taken by the port are these:

  • Built and maintain 10 miles of nature trails;
  • Preserved nearly 475 acres of wetlands on Bay View Ridge;
  • Developed and maintain a unique stormwater system;
  • Qualified the La Conner Marina for the state’s Clean Marina Program;
  • Committed to green purchasing and carbon-footprint reduction as charter members of the Skagit Council of Government’s Resource Conservation Program;
  • Made a commitment to promote low-impact development on port-owned properties.

Sara Young, the port’s manager of planning and environmental services, organized the celebration. She acknowledged the help provided by Skagit County and Waste Management to make it a Zero-Waste Event.

A gravel system winding through forests, along roadways and around wetlands, the port’s trails are open to bicycles, pedestrians and pets on the leash. With relatively little change in elevation and a smooth surface, the trail’s degree of difficulty is Easy.

 The looped system includes a northern section that extends from Josh Wilson Road through the Bayview Business Park, to Skagit Regional Airport; the southern section extends from the airport south across Higgins Airport Way to Crosswind Drive and along Ovenell Road, ending near the corner of Ovenell and Farm-to-Market roads. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Linda Tyler, Community Outreach Administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email