Thank You for a Wonderful Year!
The Bridle Trails Park Foundation enjoyed an amazing year of engagement working directly with over 2,600 community members in stewardship, interpretive, family, and environmental education programs in 2019. Our focused efforts included:
- Custom Environmental Education and Interpretation Programs: By utilizing the park’s significant natural area in an urban environment as an ecological resource and teaching treasure, we welcomed over 300 children and 100 adults who took part in school programs, Girl Scout adventures, youth outreach activities, and public nature walks led by experts in forest ecology, botany, and mushrooms.
- Park Protection Efforts: We combined the enjoyment of nature with civic involvement to carry out essential maintenance to safeguard the park from adverse ecological changes. Over 150 volunteers participated in Earth Day and National Public Lands Day events removing invasive ivy and laurel along the park perimeter and assisted our Ranger with necessary annual equestrian arena upkeep.
- Unique Community Events: We celebrated the natural beauty of the park and its equestrian heritage -- 2,100 participated in cherished annual events including: The Spring Egg Hunt, Party in the Park, Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Bluegrass music & BBQ, and two equestrian prize rides organized with our park partner, the Lake Washington Saddle Club.
- Support for Daily Park Operations: The Foundation paid half the net annual operating costs of the park under a 40-year agreement with State Parks, ensuring the park stays open and staffed on a full-time basis. We also provided additional financial support by funding the majority of the cost for a year-round Senior Park Aide to assist the Park Ranger.
- New Environmental Education Center: We expanded our education and stewardship programs and gathered feedback from our community and park users. We are now analyzing and organizing this data in preparation for the design, construction, and operation of a future Center to be jointly operated with State Parks.
We continue to accomplish all of this with YOUR support! Your generosity ensures that the park is well maintained, user experiences are enhanced, wildlife habitat is preserved, and access to nature close to home is sustained.
With your help and donations, we can make 2020 even better --- help us sustain our wonderful park and provide opportunities for everyone to experience nature in meaningful ways throughout the year.