Skateboard Auction Benefits the Rail Trail
An autographed skateboard sold on eBay on 11/22 for $2,605 — money that will benefit the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners. The 43-inch old-school longboard is autographed by an amazing group of international pop and rock icons including Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam vocalist; skateboarding legend Tony Hawk; Nick Zinner, Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Michael Stipe, REM lead vocalist; and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.
The longboard by Gordon & Smith was donated by Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder. The money will go to the nonprofit Rail Trail Partners and the current trail surfacing improvement project to be used as matching funds for a grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
FCRTP President Bob Whittaker has worked in the music industry for over 25 years as manager and tour manager for many recording artists. While touring, he was able to get a variety of autographs on this one of- a-kind skateboard to support the Ferry County Rail Trail.
Improvements continue on the Rail Trail
Several members of the Rail Trail Partners, along with other volunteers, recently worked to improve the rail bed. Twenty foot sections at each end of the trestle were upgraded to the Trails hard packed surface. Those sections could not be accessed by heavy equipment when the crushed rock surface was laid this spring. Using a donated plate compactor, specific sized crushed rock was moistened to the proper level, evenly spread using shovels and rakes then compacted. Multiple compacted layers resulted in a firm surface which is ADA complaint. Fred Wert, author of “Washington's Rail Trails” recently called the improved surface on the Ferry County Rail Trail the best soft surface trail he's seen. Using grants from the Washington state Recreation and Conservation Office development continues on the Rail Trail to create a world-class community asset and a proven tourist attraction.
Ferry County Rail Trail
from the air
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Timeline of accomplishments on the Rail-Trail
Read this interesting and informative narrative of the creation, planning and continued work to build the Ferry County Rail-Trail. Step-by-step description of volunteer efforts to successfully
negotiating a rail banking agreement; gain non-profit status; conduct surveys; and secure funding. This is a useful two page document you can use to answer questions about the rail-triail. Click HERE to view and download the Rail-Trial Timeline.
Pearl Jam Helps Rail-Trail Raise Over $4000 with Auction
Ferry County Rail-Trail Partners announced the auction of a skateboard signed by the members of the rock group Pearl Jam. $4450 in funds from an Ebay auction will be used to enhance the surface of a 25 mile rail-trail that connects four towns, two school complexes and meanders along miles of pristine waterfront.
Over the years the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners have done well competing for state and federal development funds but Bob Whittaker, President of the non-profit group, says the project needs more. “We have 25 miles of rail trail, much of it waterfront, along the Kettle river. We have a 770’ trestle over Curlew Lake that was decked with $200,000 in bicycle/pedestrian safety funds. However, we need surface improvements and we need them yesterday.” Whittaker went on to say “An improved surface means more users, a healthier community, and happy, repeat visitors to the region.” The 'longboard' style skate was signed by all the members of the band back stage before their sold out concert at the Spokane Arena last November. Whittaker made the trip to the show with FCRTP Vice President Keith Bell. “It was a fun night- and all for a good cause. Ferry County even got a shout out from Eddie while on stage. How sweet is that?!”, said Keith Bell.
Included as part of this auction was an original photo taken by Bob Whittaker and signed by PJ frontman Eddie Vedder. The photo of Vedder on a canoe originally appeared in Vedder’s "Ukulele Songs" songbook.
Both items were donated by Bob Whittaker, CEO of Whittaker Outdoors and President of Ferry County Rail Trail Partners.
100% of the proceeds went directly to our all-volunteer federally recognized non-profit organization.
TRESTLE DECKING PROJECT RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY A BIG SUCCESS
By Brenda Starkey, Ferry County View
REPUBLIC – A crowd turned out in blustery weather Saturday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the old railroad trestle across the north end of Curlew Lake, part of the Ferry County Rail Trail. County
Commissioner Brad Miller snipped the ceremonial red ribbon with a pair of scissors acquired for the occasion.
The 10-foot-wide, 770-foot long trestle has been decked and railings constructed on the sides. There are also twin, cantilevered observation decks on each side of the trestle.
The trestle is phase one of the long-term rail trail development, and at the ceremony Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Vice President Keith Bell announced that the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office has funded a grant application that will allow $70,000 for surfacing the trail from the trestle south toward Black's Beach trail head.
Kinross is donating $20,000, the Rail Trail Partners is putting up $10,000, and there will be $5,000 in donated labor that will serve as matching funds for the grant, for a total of $70,000.
Joel Fields from Wilbur-Ellis Company also presented the Rail Trail Partners with a check for $1,800 following the ribbon cutting. (photo by: Nick Vacarro)
The project was made possible by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancement Program.
The project was the culmination of several years of collaborative effort between county commissioners, their advisory board—the Rail Corridor Committee—and the local citizens' group Ferry County Rail Trail Partners.
Goldline Construction, a local company owned by Grant Tolton, submitted the winning $163,919 bid for the project. It was the lower of two bids and came in under the grant funding reserved for the project.
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