Parks approves new trail sign

The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District has approved $6,000 for installation of a sign for the Trustland Trails entrance off Craw Road and Highway 525.

The new sign will be carved, painted and installed by Clinton wood carver Pat McVay, who also created the unique signage at the entrance to Community Park on Maxwelton Road and the sports complex on Langley Road.

The new sign will actually have two pieces, each 6 feet by 5 feet, depicting a cyclist, a man on horseback, a woman walking a dog and a man in a wheelchair. The latter is important because the parks district is getting ready to forge a closed- loop, 1,500-foot-long wheelchair-accessible trail on the 200-acre property.

McVay explained to parks commissioners on Wednesday that the work will cost $2,800 per sign plus $400 for installation. He said the actual charge is more, but he’s donating $1,500 to the park because he approves of the work done for kids.

“I choked on the cost at first, but I love Pat’s signs because they are unique and special,” said Parks Commissioner Linda Kast.

The district plans to clear a 110-foot-by-160-foot area one mile from the entrance to the trails for trailhead parking, then build the trail itself. The work, and the new sign, are expected to be completed by late spring, 2010.

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