Washington County Commissioner Jim Eardley, who wrote a letter in support of the project with the other county commissioners, said “It has been a privilege and honor to work with these scouts. They didn’t take “no” for an answer no matter how many times they were told that this project was impossible to complete for one reason or another. They looked for solutions and worked hard to make it all happen. It has been one of the most exciting projects to be a part of and see through to completion even when there seemed to be no feasible way to get this project done.”
Bevan Killpack, former Pine Valley District Ranger said, “There has been a great need for this bridge. Visitors to the Recreation Area have been using the rocks at the spillway as a crossing. Especially now that we have the new campground and facilities which sit on the south side of the reservoir. This creates a great access point helping to complete the recreation area.”
Joe Rechsteiner, the current Pine Valley District Ranger said, “This bridge helps to create a safer recreation area for families to enjoy. It makes the trail system more accessible to recreators, employees and campground hosts. It is the capstone that completes this award winning recreation area.”
The bridge was set in place on April 18th. Crews then paved the trail leading up to the bridge. Please come celebrate with Bracken Thiriot, Enrique McArthur and James Eardley at the ribbon cutting ceremony happening on Saturday, May 10th at 11:30.
The Pine Valley Recreation Area is composed of several different campgrounds. These campgrounds will open in stages spanning from May 9th to May 21st. Please visit recreation.gov for reservation information and availability.