Susie Stephens Trail (Phase I) Opens Sept. 28 near Arboretum

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 11:35 a.m.

SPOKANE – Phase I of the new Susie Stephens Trail will open with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 1 p.m. near the intersection of W. Woodland Blvd. and D. St.

The trail is named for environmentalist and well-known bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate, Susie Stephens. Susie’s 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 planting hundreds of trees and trail building.

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Phase I of the trail includes an 8’ wide path along the street tree exhibit on W. Woodland Blvd., between D. St. and W. Trinity Pl.

Eventually, the trail will be 0.7-miles (view map), and span from Woodland Center in Finch Arboretum to the intersection of 13th and Lindeke St., where it will connect with the Fish Lake Trail.

Nancy donated $100,000 towards construction, and those funds were matched by City of Spokane Parks & Recreation to complete this portion of the trail. Timing for future phases of the trail will be shared as they are known.



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