“This has been 20 years in the making,” Bob Parlette said as he addressed a crowd of about 75 people at Lincoln Rock State Park who had assembled for a ribbon-cutting celebration of the Rocky Reach Trail on July 2. “There were times I wasn’t sure I’d live long enough to see this happen.”
Parlette, the co-chair of the Complete the Loop Coalition, was referring to the completion of Stage 1 of the Rocky Reach Trail. The right to use a Department of Transportation right-of-way extending from the Odabashian Bridge in Wenatchee to Lincoln Rock State Park for a multi-use, non-motorized trail was long contested by several growers who bordered the easement and leased the land for farming. The Washington State Supreme Court finally put a long legal tussle to bed with a 9-0 decision in favor of the trail advocates.