Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail
Sharing a shoreline, connecting communities
The Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail are committed to creating a sinuous and natural waterfront trail that stretches from Sandpoint's City Beach to Black Rock and Ponder Point along the Northwest shore of Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho. Our communities are changing and growing, and as they do, our lakefront and access to public lands are becoming more precious.
BE PARKING-AWARE AT THE TRAILHEAD, PLEASE!
Our friends at the Seasons at Sandpoint, just adjacent to the bay trail trailhead, have given a reminder that parking in front of the furthest north building at Seasons - the one with only the foundation - is not allowed. There are signs that say No Parking/Tow Away Zone and vehicles will be towed. The street in front of that building is also painted red at the edge of the road to bring even more attention to the no parking zone.
"We just want to avoid as much potential consternation and inconvenience as possible for visitors to the beautiful trail in case a vehicle is towed that is parked in this no parking zone," said Scott Olpin of Seasons.
Trail users, if the trailhead parking is full, please park at City Beach or other public parking. We want to be good neighbors; thank you!
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2014 BAY TRAIL FUN RUN A GREAT SUCCESS!
Our second annual Bay Trail Fun Run was held June 8, and it was a great success - made all the more wonderful by absolutely gorgeous weather. A total of 314 participants signed up to run or walk, with 296 recorded finishers. This year we used Across The Line automated timing to get accurate results.
Top finishers: Fastest woman overall in the 5K was Amy Scott at 21 minutes, 40 seconds. Fastest man in 5K was Patrick Goodman, at 19:49. In the 10K, fastest woman was Shaunavee Dick at 42:56 and fastest man was Jon Harding of Sandpoint at 41:11.
Of course, many participants took a slower pace, just to enjoy the day and support the trail. If you couldn't make it, or even if you could, you can relive the moment in photos:
Once again, thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors and especially the runners and walkers that made the Fun Run such a fine event.
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COMING UP: TRAIL ACTION MOVES TO NEXT PHASE
With initial acquisitions largely accomplished, focus now turns to connecting communities with access at trail's north endpoint. The goal: access for and connection to Kootenai and Ponderay.
And the first phase of the next phase is rigorous planning with the cities and trail stakeholders. Read about this critical next phase and two new Request for Proposals to assist the process. Read our press release»
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DONATE TODAY, HELP SECURE THE TRAIL
People have enjoyed the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail for years, even though most of it has been on private property. Although we are proud to say that in 2013 we reached our initial goal for acquisition of land, much remains to accomplish! Along with trail maintenance and upgrades, there are easement and acquisition needs at the northern terminus of the trail to connect it fully to Ponderay - and maybe some day, Kootenai. Help us make our towns' shared vision of truly "connecting communities" achieve reality, and donate today»
T-SHIRTS FOR SALE
We have Pend d'Oreille Bay T-shirts for sale! We are selling 100 percent cotton T-shirts that sport our logo, with the slogan "Close In, Far Out." Like it? Then buy one, for only $20 at Pine Street Bakery, Greasy Fingers or Outdoor Experience. Or give us a call at 946-7586, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
TRAIL MAP & PLAN COMPLETED
The Friends of the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail in partnership with community stakeholders, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program have completed a master Concept Plan.
The time is NOW to protect this incredible stretch of shoreline for our friends, families and future generations.