New names for South Whidbey trails

Falcon Trail and Cedar Corner are the official names for two new trails within South Whidbey Community Park.

On Wednesday, commissioners with South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District voted for the names after considering numerous suggestions from the public and staff.

The Falcon Trail is on the perimeter of the planned campground and Cedar Corner is farther up in the woods off Waterman Loop and Salal Lane.

Commissioners considered naming the trails after natural features, wildlife or people who’d had a hand in establishing the park system.

Falcon Trail recognizes two entities — raptors and the students next door at South Whidbey High School, home of the Falcons.

“The trail is right along the perimeter of the school grounds,” Commissioner Matt Simms said. “We thought it fitting to name it after the school and the athletes that use our park trails.”

The cross country team regularly practices on the trails, which are also the site of cross country meets.

The new loop trail that adds more walking, jogging and dog outing possibilities to the approximately two-mile trail system is thick with a variety of trees.

“There’s some great cedars out there,” Commissioner Mark Helpenstell said.

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