November 19, 2019

Why all the happy faces on a grey day in November? It’s because the new All-Ages Trail–a half-mile loop created by the Vashon Maury Land Trust to make the great outdoors more accessible to people aged one to 100–opened officially this past Sunday.

We celebrated with a ribbon cutting, some sweet treats, and a walk on the trail, which accommodates walkers, wheelchairs and strollers.

Designed by Abel Eckhardt, the pedestrian-only loop features pull-outs for benches along the way. It begins behind VCC and meanders through a 45-acre parcel–part of the greater Shinglemill Preserve– purchased by the Land Trust in 2007. The sunny woodland setting, full of bird-attracting plants, jutts up to views of the Needlecreek ravines, making it a welcome refuge for residents and their loved ones to venture beyond the confines of VCC’s property to walk, share a picnic, birdwatch or just sit.

And Steve Sussman’s trishaw–which takes eager and willing residents on regular outings around VCC’s building– is the only other wheeled vehicle allowed on the trail.

I think it’s safe to say that the trail will inspire more fresh-air activity for many of us at VCC everyday!

We can’t thank Abel, Tom, Erika and the whole Land Trust team–as well as their generous donors and King County–enough for making this trail a reality.

With gratitude for our residents and this community,


Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.