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, 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 is working 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!
PESHASTIN MILL SITE UPDATE
By: Bill and Jenny Goebel, the Complete the Loop Coalition,
and the Icicle Chapter of Trout Unlimited
February 2, 2016
Bill and Jenny Goebel, Leavenworth residents, have announced the acceptance of their offer to purchase the seller's interests in that certain Real Estate contract between the Port of Chelan County and the Complete the Loop Coalition whereby the 14 acres of waterfront on the old peshastin Mill Site was sold to the Coalition for $453,255. The balance of the Contract is due on June 30, 2016. Last year the Goebels entered into a separate earnest money agreement to purchase the upland 50 acres of the Mill site for $1.6 million dollars. That agreement to sell the upland will close in April of 2016. At the same time, the Goebels have disclosed their plans to develop the upland property in a way that would be compatible with the Coalition's intent to gift the 14 acres of waterfront to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, so that it would remain open to the public for fishing, picnicking, and non motorized use .
The Goebel's plans include a section of the property to be dedicated to wine growing and production; a portion dedicated to community interest and history with the intent to enhance tourism opportunities; and a portion devoted to recreation and the environment. The Goebels intend to further amplify and disclose more details of their plans and ask for feedback from the Peshastin Community Council at the regularly scheduled meeting of the council on February 11th.
The Goebels also announced their intent to pass on to the Coalition the discount in the purchase price that they negotiated with the Port. The Goebels stated they are very pleased to support and reinforce the Coalition's goal to have the waterfront remain in public ownership and open to the public in perpetuity. The Complete the Loop Coalition has partnered with the Leavenworth Chapter of Trout Unlimited in an effort to raise the $453,255 purchase price of the Real Estate purchase Agreement. The Coalition and Trout Unlimited still have about $195,000 remaining before they reach their the goal to raise the full purchase price prior to June 30, 2016. Leaders of the fund drive (Bob Parlette, Rollie Schmitten and Bob Stroup) stated when they heard of the Goebel's purchase of the Port's position: "We can't think of a more desirable outcome. To have the Goebels as owners of the upland, with compatible goals of achieving open space that could become a great tourist attraction is a dream come true. Now we just need to wrap up the fund drive and hope that this puts to rest any uncertainty as to the future of the Mill Site."
Images along the Apple Capital Loop Trail, made possible by efforts of the Complete the Loop Coalition
On the left, the all-
Left to right: Bill Fraser, Dolly Buckingham, Bob Parlette, Dave Jaecks, Bonnie Orr, Bill Layman, Peter Burgoon, Charity Davidson, and Mike Sorensen.