by Janet Grella
At Thursday night’s Des Moines City Council meeting (Aug. 14), Mayor Dave Kaplan read Resolution No. 14-153-A into the record books, and now the paved trail running from the Marina to the turnaround at the start of the Des Moines Beach Park Trail will be re-named for Carmen Scott – the woman who long ago recognized its’ historical importance, as well as the importance of the Beach Park to the community of Des Moines.
The resolution reads in part:
“The City Council honors Carmen L. Scott for her service to the Des Moines community as an outstanding citizen, dedicated community leader, steadfast historic advocate, revered photographer, and for twenty two years of public service as a member of the Des Moines Planning Agency and as a Des Moines City Councilmember.”
Ms. Scott received a standing ovation from the 100+ people in the audience as well as the City Council members.
Here’s the full resolution (click image to see larger version):
According to the city, the new Carmen Scott Trail will be:
…a paved bicycle and pedestrian trail just south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can hike or bike it but the trail is only 2 miles so the bike may not be the best option here. The Des Moines Creek Park is the largest natural preserve of woodland environment in the SeaTac/Des Moines area with 96 acres. The trail follows a ravine down along the creek until it empties into Puget Sound.
The trail connects three park systems, the 70-acre Des Moines Creek Park, the 22.5-acre Des Moines Beach Park Historic District and Tidelands, and the 14-acre Des Moines Marina. The beach park and marina makes for a great ending location everyone enjoys.
Given the location of the trail, you’ll experience nice old forests with few views or noises of the urban civilization all around. But, you really can’t get away from the low flying jets landing just above. A yellow line painted down the center of the path helps to control the flow, the trail is nice and wide for families. The creek is salmon spawning grounds and has a fish ladder. The beach park will soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beach park is the birthplace of Des Moines and as such has had a rich history. There are signs all throughout the park detailing the history of the area.