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2014 Bay Trail Fun Run A Great Success!

FunRunLogoOur 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.

Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Planning 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 below.

Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and Ponderay Seeking Consultants

SANDPOINT – Lesson No. 1 from several years of effort to develop a public trail along the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille: Planning pays off.

So now that the campaign to purchase a critical link for the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail is nearly complete, trail advocates have turned their attention to the next steps necessary to complete the Pend dOreille Bay Trail.

And step No. 1 is more planning.

“It’s great that the public can now enjoy access to Lake Pend Oreille along a shoreline trail,” said Larry Davidson, president of the non-profit group Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail.

“However, our work isn’t done,” Davidson said. “Now it’s an out and back experience from the south end, and people in Kootenai and Ponderay still don’t have direct access from the north end. Also, we might want more amenities in the future. So we need better direction on where to go from here.”

The City of Ponderay and the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail have released two requests for proposals (RFPs) to help address these issues.

The city’s request is for a “Neighborhood Sub Area Plan” that will help guide decisions about the location and size of a railroad underpass, contaminated property cleanup and the type of development that could occur on both the lakeshore and the west side of the tracks.

A companion planning effort will be the “Master Trail and Interpretive Plan” for the length of the trail, from Sandpoint’s City Beach to the Bonner County Historical Society’s proposed museum site in Kootenai.

In 2010, the Friends published the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Concept Plan, a two-year award-winning community planning effort that was made possible with the help of a National Park Service technical services grant.

The Concept Plan gave general direction and a 30,000-foot view of the trail. But some of the proposed elements in the Concept Plan are no longer relevant because of changing circumstances. The Master Trail and Interpretive Plan will give more detail and provide cost estimates. The plan will also focus on how to share the natural and cultural history stories of the local area.

Some of the most difficult questions are related to how to connect the shoreline to Ponderay and Kootenai. Ponderay’s Sub Area Plan will help answer those. The project area for both plans also includes Brownfields sites on the shoreline that are contaminated from historic mine smelting operations.

The City of Ponderay and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality are currently working on a plan for cleaning up the sites, which are contaminated with lead and other heavy metals. The current public portion of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail stops short of those properties.

“We want a plan that can help guide public parkland and private property redevelopment of the Brownfields sites on the lakeshore in a manner fitting with our local values,” said Erik Brubaker, Ponderay City Planner. “We also want to give our town a presence on the lake, both for the quality of life for our residents and to give people another reason to visit Ponderay.

“Highway 200 is our Route 66,” he added, “and right now you can pass through Ponderay and have no idea that a pretty nice lake is right over there.”

Ponderay and the Friends hope to have consultants hired by the end of the summer. The planning is being entirely funded through grants from the LOR Foundation, a Wyoming-based family foundation dedicated to enhancing livability in the rural intermountain west.

Because the Master Trail and Interpretive Plan will cross jurisdictional lines, it is being overseen by an interagency committee of planners from the cities of Sandpoint, Ponderay, Kootenai and Bonner County, as well as members of the board of the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail.

Meanwhile, the City of Ponderay plans to purchase the final parcel of four waterfront lots this fall owned by the Hall family that are in the trail corridor. In November, the Friends announced the successful completion of a $400,000 capital campaign to cover the cost of that purchase.

The four parcels stretch along nearly a mile of shoreline from Sandpoint’s water treatment plant and the historic Humbird Mill ruins in the south, past the Elks Golf Course to within a few hundred feet of Black Rock, the old smelter site.

Potential applicants can get copies of the RFPs through the City of Ponderay and City of Sandpoint websites: www.cityofponderay.org and www.cityofsandpoint.com/POBT/.

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 contact us via our email form to order.

Trail map and plan completed

minimapThe 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.

Click for full-size map (300k)
Click for Concept Plan (4 MB)

The time is NOW to protect this incredible stretch of shoreline for our friends, families and future generations.

Thank you, 2013 volunteers!

It was a gold star day for the trail, and certainly for all these folks who gave generously of their time to help stage the 2013 Bay Trail Fun Run. Thank you, volunteers!

Annie Faggard
Jennifer Macdonald
Lindsey Larson
Mary Ellen Largent
Deb Fragaso
Chuy Fragaso
Chris Bessler
Gina Pucci
Vicki Longhini
Dana Anderson
Judy Thompson
Jeff Breakey
John Ohara
Rick Price
Pam Conrad
Jared France
John Cyr
Arlene Cook
Barbara Brown
Conrad Young
Cindy Peer
Jared Yost
Lisa Matlosz
Bob Love
Mary Meek
Erin Meek
MaryAnn Rowe
Sharon Rowe
Brian Cox
Berkeley Cox
Gigi Stroud
Melinda Van Dyck
Nichole Grimm
Kasten Grimm
Margo Johnson
Stephen Anderson
Claudia Snider
Lance Snider
Becky Mills
Jeff Kuhns
Davey Breakey
Aiden Ackerman
Colton Ackerman
Shelly Ackerman
Michael Spurgin
Karen Glaeser
Paid Russell
Denise Dombrowski
Tom Crockett
Robin Yeary
Mary Luzmoor
Katie Maddux
Bryce Lambert
Rebecca Klopman
Aria Horowitz
Tricia Sullivan
Cari House
Gary Lirette
Chris Bessler
Michelle Polheumus
Jackie Suarez
Mike Deprez

First-ever 2013 Bay Trail Fun Run raises $12,000 for trail

FunRunLogo2013The first-ever Bay Trail Fun Run was held on June 1, 2013 with warm and generally sunny weather and a surpassingly successful turnout of more than 300 runners and walkers – who collectively raised a net $12,000 for the fund to acquire the trail.

Community participation, from runners and walkers to sponsors and donors, was terrific and the trail garnered rave reviews from those who were seeing it for the first time.

In the results, Sam Mills clocked a 40:16 to win the overall 10K portion of the race, while Al Mayer took first in the 5k at 21:51. Below are results for those who won or placed in their age division, plus results for all who ran or walked both distances:

Due to technical and human errors on this first-time event, we know some of the times may be off. Please forgive us for any discrepancies, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The good news is, that the success of this first run ensures that we’ll be staging it again next June – and next year we’ll be using a more sophisticated, chip timing system. We hope you will return to run in the more improved, 2nd Annual Bay Trail Fun Run in 2014 – and bring a friend, or a few, as we continue the fundraising that will help us permanently protect this wonderful waterfront treasure.

More than 70 volunteers helped stage the race, and more than 30 businesses and individuals put up donations to underwrite the expenses. Please check out our sponsors and volunteers!

Finally, if you’re a Facebook user, check out these couple of photo albums of the run – just some proof that it certainly lived up to the “Fun” billing!

Do you have Fun Run feedback? We’d like to hear it. Click to contact us, and help us make the Bay Trail Fun Run even better next year. We’ll see you in June 2014 for the 2nd Bay Trail Fun Run!

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