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The Complete the Loop Coalition is a local, volunteer corporation which has successfully advocated funding and development of public trails in the Wenatchee Valley in central Washington state since 1990. Founded by visionaries, the late Bob Parlette and Dr. Gordon Congdon, the Coalition's original mission was to create a recreational trail connecting Wenatchee and Chelan County's riverfront parks with the Douglas County shoreline across the Columbia River. Congdon and Parlette saw the potential to build the trail on publicly owned right of way and connect the east and west shorelines by bridges to create a 10 mile loop. The Complete the Loop Coalition successfully rallied public support and funding for this concept. And when the Apple Capital Loop Trail was completed in 1994, it quickly became one of the community's most popular and valuable assets.

The Coalition then focused on extending this trail north and south. In 2002, with support from the Coalition, a southern extension was built from the Loop Trail to Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park. And finally, after years of effort, the Coalition was instrumental in securing the necessary permitting and funding to build the Rocky Reach Trail, a 5 mile northern extension to Lincoln Rock State Park.

The Coalition remains dedicated to building on the Valley's trail system, and is now pursuing efforts to build a trail connecting Wenatchee and Leavenworth through the Wenatchee River Valley, starting with the Wenatchee Valley Scenic Bikeway. And most recently, the Coalition was successful in the effort to Save Peshastin Mill Waterfront Access.

So get in the Loop! Your support for our local trails and the Complete the Loop Coalition is welcomed!

Future Efforts

(Left) Mike Sorensen, President of the CTLC, pulls goat head thorns at the 27th Street Parking lot of the Apple Capital Loop Trail, East Wenatchee. The CTLC continues to focus on improvements to the Wenatchee Valley riverfront trail system. In 2017, CTLC approved a $15,000 grant to WA State Parks to design and plan improvements to the Rocky Reach Trail, including sun shelters, bike racks, and a vault toilet. The plans for these have been drawn up and construction may begin Spring 2019.

Past Success

(Left) February 2014, the all-volunteer members of the Complete the Loop Coalition toast the generous donors who made funding of the Rocky Reach Trail a success.

Left to right: Bill Fraser, Dolly Buckingham, Bob Parlette, Dave Jaecks, Bonnie Orr, Bill Layman, Peter Burgoon, Charity Duffy, and Mike Sorensen.

Complete the Loop Coalition
P.O. Box 1192
Wenatchee WA 99807
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