Pearl Jam Helps Fund Rail-Trail
Republic, Washington. Trail advocates in rural Northeastern Washington have announced the auction of a skateboard signed by the members of the rock group Pearl Jam. Funds generated 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.
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.
Over the years the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners (FCRTP) 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 donated property, 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.”
Included as part of this auction is 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.
The auction is listed by Keith Bell, Vice President of Ferry County Rail Trail Partners. 100% of the proceeds go directly to our all-volunteer federally recognized non-profit organization.
The auction goes live August 24 and can be found by visiting this link to Ebay.
CURLEW LAKE 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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Ferry County Rail Trail from the Air
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