Josh Morrisey, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Marketing Assistant, 509.625.6236
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 3:08 p.m.
A new connector trail between the Finch Arboretum and the Fish Lake Trail is slated for construction later this year. The .7-mile trail named for environmentalist and well-known bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate, Susie Stephens, will span from Woodland Center in Finch Arboretum to the intersection of 13th Ave. and Lindeke St., where it will connect with the Fish Lake Trail.
One of the most exciting portions of the trail will be a 1,200’ long, 8’ wide pathway meandering through the street tree exhibit along Woodland Blvd – an often-overlooked addition of the arboretum. Other trail sections will be on shared use greenways along ‘F’ St. and 13th Ave.
Susie Stephens was a bicyclist, environmentalist, activist, world traveler, and well-known bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate whose life was cut short when she was struck by a bus at a crosswalk in 2002.
Since then, her mother, Nancy MacKerrow, has been honoring Susie’s legacy through the creation of The Susie Forest, which is responsible for the planting of hundreds of trees in Spokane and across the globe.
MacKerrow says she chose to start The Susie forest for three reasons:
The Susie Stephens Trail project, for which MacKerrow has donated $100K, serves as a fitting continuation of honoring Susie’s legacy as an environmentalist, and as a bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate.