About the Summit


Thurs, October 18
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mercer Island Community Center

Registration is now CLOSED

King County Parks thanks you for attending the 2018 Regional Trails Summit.

At the 2018 Regional Trails Summit we convened diverse leaders from around Puget Sound to create a broad-based coalition to expand and steward a world class network of regional trails. The summit’s focal theme was the value that an interconnected regional trails network for all ages and abilities provides to our communities, and the role it plays in promoting economic, human, and environmental health and vitality. By coming together, we hope to leverage our efforts to build one of the best trails networks in the nation.

The connections between research, policy, implementation, and engagement at this summit will move us toward that goal, and we hope you were able to attend!


8:30 am  Check-in, refreshments

9:00 am  Welcome & Introductory Remarks Christie True & Jean White, King County Parks

9:15 am  The Power and Potential of a More Accessible & Interconnected Regional Trails Network Speakers: John Snyder, Governor’s Office; Cailin Henley, Alta Planning + Design; Liz Thorstensen, Rails to Trails Conservancy

10:00 am  Setting the Priorities for a Regional Trails Coalition – Interactive Group Exercise Speakers: Jean White, King County Parks; Facilitator: Ruth Bell, Cascadia Consulting Group

10:40 am Breakout Sessions: Broadening the Coalition for Regional Trails

Session A: The Mobility Revolution: Can we embrace new technologies, such as e-bikes and dockless bike share, to attract new visitors to our regional trails? Speakers: Blake Trask, King County; Brian Camozzi, Seattle Dept. of Transportation; Cassie Mcgrath, Lime; Moderator: Frana Milan, King County

Session B: Connecting Trails Is Good Business: How can we engage the private sector to help steward, sponsor, and grow the regional trails network? Speakers: Taldi Walter, REI; Jeff Aurnell, Microsoft; Dave Tomson, SRM Development LLC; Moderator: Sujata Goel, King County

Session C: Making Regional Trails for Everyone: How can we make access to regional trails more equitable and increase their use by people of all ages, abilities, races, and economic levels? Speakers: Julie Fonseca de Borges, National Park Service; Nathan Brown, King County; Glenn Nelson, The Trail Posse; Moderator: Claire Martini, Cascade Bicycle Club

12:10 pm Lunch (provided) & Poster Networking Session
Learn what trails are currently under construction in our region to fill gaps and complete the network.

1:00 pm What Trails Mean to Me – Storytelling Panel; Speakers: Merrill Hille, The Burke-Gilman Trail Committee; Mikia Cain, GirlTrek; Dan Retailliau, Outdoors for All; Rich Brown, Cascade Bicycle Club; Moderator: Ruth Bell, Cascadia Consulting Group

2:10 pm Why Trails? Creating the Vision & Branding for Regional Trails; Speakers: Juliette D’Ambrosio, ICON; Facilitator: Ruth Bell, Cascadia Consulting Group

3:40 pm A Regional Trails Coalition: Where Do We Go from Here? Closing and Call to Action Speakers: Jean White, King County; Taldi Walter, REI; Carolyn Hope, City of Redmond; Casey Sixkiller, King County

4:00 pm Summit Concludes

4:00 – 5:00pm Happy Hour hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club and Lagunitas Brewing