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City of North Bonneville

The Bonneville Discovery TrailsPlanTable of ContentsPlan Purpose/Overview/Goals . .Page 2Project Concept History . Pages 3-4Goal One (Interpretive Trails/Bigfoot Theme) . .Pages 5-13Overview/Relevancep.5Bigfoot Story Linep.5-6Infrastructure Componentsp. 6-10Trail Routesp. 10-12Bigfoot Biography Planp. 13Goal Two (Regional Trail Development) . Pages 13-15Goal Three (Trails and Discovery Loop Interactive Concepts) . Page 1503/21/2019 RevisionPage 1

Plan PurposeThe purpose of this document, Bonneville Discovery Trails Plan (BDTP), is to provide the official overviewand goals related to the components relating to the Bonneville Discovery Trails vision. As the projectcontinues to evolve, this plan is intended as a living document to be reviewed and modified asnecessary.OverviewWith a location amongst unique natural surroundings, an established intricate pathway system, anddesire to create a marketable recreational identity, the community of North Bonneville fits all criteria forthe creation of a destination trail access center. This plan serves as the basis for outlining the variousgoals and associated strategies envisioned for the development of this concept.Plan GoalsGoal 1 (Page 5)To enhance and promote North Bonneville’s interpretive trail network withinclusion of an underlying Bigfoot family theme.Goal 2 (Page 13)To develop and promote a regional connection strategy linking the BonnevilleTrail system with points of interest and trail networks beyond city limits.Goal 3 (Page 15)To develop and promote interactive activities for the trails and trail hub area.RationaleWhen complete, the idea of the BDTP is to assist a number of city goals including but not limited to:1) Creating features that benefit both the sustainability of the community itself and the qualityof life of its residents.2) Sparking revitalization of the Central Business District (CBD) and city's central park area.3) Attracting visitors and providing ongoing educational opportunities for all participants.4) Providing a city project that encourages public input and involvement.5) Preserving the city's small-town character and natural setting through trail upgrades andeducation of the unique areas they reach.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 2

Project HistoryThe origins of the Bonneville Discovery Trails can be traced back to 2004. Below is a timeline thatsummarizes the events that took place that have led to the development of this plan:2004-2005Due to irresolution of planning issues relating to CBD development and city owned properties, theplanning commission embarked on a community visioning process. After a yearlong progression ofgathering input from various stakeholders, Outlook 2005 was published with the intent of creating aliving document that focused on the future vision of the city.Late 2005As part of the visioning process, an official city survey was conducted which showed the city’s pathwaysystem consistently getting high rankings as a valuable asset to the community.2006As part of visioning discussions and due to results of a city-wide survey, the idea of a communityinterpretive trail system was proposed and accepted by the City Council. As the idea was spawnedwithin the Planning Commission through the visioning process, the project (to become known as theHeritage Trails) was kept as a Planning Commission task. An official Heritage Trails plan was developedand added to the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.2007-2011Heritage Trails planning and development took place with the goal of creating a series of interpretivetrail routes through various parts of the community. Signs and markings were placed on two of theproposed four trails and trail related events were held during each year's Gorge Days weekend. Fundingfor the project came from an annual allotment from Hotel/Motel Funds, with a specific proposal andapproval process occurring each year.Summer 2011After public feedback from the 2011 Gorge Days to create a children's addition to the Heritage Trailsplan, the idea was embarked upon to create a family themed interpretive trail through the city's centralpark area called the Children’s Discovery Loop.Late 2011As part of the Children's Discovery Loop planning development, a plan was proposed to and accepted bythe Planning Commission to develop a Bigfoot Theme to accompany the concept. The idea called for anentire wood carved Bigfoot family to be placed around the trail with accompanying children orientedinterpretive signage. After considering several proposals and cost estimates, a wood carver fromWashougal was commissioned to develop the Bigfoot family and the sign infrastructure.2012Work progressed on the initial development of the Bigfoot theme for the Children's trail to include: Evaluate and decide on the appearance of the Bigfoot carvings Development and placement of a wood carved Bigfoot family along with eight Littlefeet aroundthe Children’s Discovery Loop Five accompanying Bigfoot Signs and footprint markings along the loop An accompanying underlying story to explain the arrival of the Bigfoots Development of a "Great Elder" Bigfoot placed near the City entrance Development of an official Bigfoot Trail Logo03/21/2019 RevisionPage 3

Gorge Days events to include an official unveiling ceremony of Great Elder and storytellingBigfoot SaturdayLate 2012In order to tie both the Heritage Trail idea and Bigfoot concept together an idea was proposed to addBigfoot elements within the original Heritage Trail routes and change the name from Heritage Trails toBigfoot Discovery Trails. An official Bigfoot Discovery Trails Plan was proposed to supersede the originalHeritage Trails plan in order to create one cohesive concept that merges the two ideas together2013After gathering public feedback and making a presentation to the City Council, the Bigfoot DiscoveryTrails Plan was officially adopted. After adoption several tasks were set in motion to include; putting ona 5th annual Gorge Days trails event, development and placement of Discovery Loop entrance sign, anddeveloping trails theme plans as described in this document (attachment 2).2014Focus centered around the development of the “Bonneville Bigfoots Search” GeoTour, an internationallyadvertised Geocache activity along the Hamilton Creek Discovery Trail. Development included thedesign, creation and placement of nine Bigfoot statues serving as the integral part of the tour in additionto the trails themselves. Additionally, the 6th annual Gorge Days trail event was held.2015Refurbishment and design update of several interpretive signs was completed along with paintingupdates. Main focus centered on maintaining the GeoTour as the official tally for this activity’s first yearwere at 700 visitors. Additionally, plans were submitted to include Discovery Trails maintenance anddonation funds within the general city budget.2016Refurbishments on Bigfoot statues began as well as continuing refurbishing of interpretive signs.Additional projects included upgrades to the GeoTour and city entrance improvements. Gorge Daystrails activity resumed.2017Trails efforts and caretaking of the BDTP transitioned from city committee to official nonprofit group(The Bonneville Trails Foundation). Several public meetings held to establish initial goals of the group aswell as forming a coalition of support from various outside agencies. First connection trail (B-PCT) andplayground area renovation projects proposed at meetings. Gorge Days trails scavenger hunt and raffle.Last two original interpretive signs refurbished.2018Efforts focused on furthering progress on the B-PCT regional connection trail and Adventure Parkplanning. Specifically, work continued on achieving formal permitted access for trail developmentthrough the entirety of the proposed connection trail route and finalizing an official design plan for theAdventure Park. Public events included the annual Gorge Days Trails event and the first annual EagleCreek fire remembrance get together.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 4

Goal 1Interpretive Trails/Bigfoot Theme DevelopmentOverviewThe Interpretive Trails and Bigfoot theme concepts serve to create a unique interpretive experience forusers of portions of North Bonneville's city pathway system. Designated trail routes will provide userswith an educational and entertaining interpretive experience highlighting the many unique featureswithin and surrounding the city of North Bonneville. The routes, all originating at the Bonneville CityCenter area, will also be fitted with signs, maps, distance markers and other features all with anunderlying Bigfoot narration and theme as described in this section. This theme has the ability tointertwine into the other goals of the BDTP as well.The Bigfoot ThemeRelevanceNorth Bonneville is located within Skamania County which, due to its vast forests and rural nature, isone of the world's leading hot spots for "sightings" and other Bigfoot activities. Bigfoot’s relevance inthis area led the county to pass an ordinance that made it a felony for the "willful and wanton slaying ofsuch creature". As a worldwide recognized figure with this local prominence, a Bigfoot family theme isenvisioned to be a key part in the interpretive elements of these trails.Official StorylineAn imaginative family background storyline has been developed to serve as the foundation in bringing tolife the Bigfoot concept along the trails. This narrative has opportunity to expand and evolve through theuse of the Bigfoot Biography concept.Who are they.A family of Bigfoots including mom/dad, several children.Where did they come from.Long ago many Sasquatch clans roamed throughout the Pacific Northwest. This clan lived in the denseforests of Skamania County.Reason why they are here.The Bigfoot Children “Littlefeet”For thousands of seasons the Sasquatch lived within the great forests, but recent times have broughtgreat challenges. Their hiding places have changed. Instinctively, many withdrew further into thewoods hoping to live like olden times, but their children, the Littlefeet, imagined doing the opposite.They envisioned living amongst people.Littlefeet are not as timid as the older Sasquatches and have been eager to learn more about other livingthings, especially humans. This curiosity has led to many generations of Littlefeet trying toconvince their elders to reveal themselves to people.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 5

The reason for choosing North Bonneville.Setting and its peopleAll the positive things that make North Bonneville so unique are the things that convinced these Bigfootsto take a chance living here: The layout of the community, the park setting, the forests and mountainsbordering the city, and the other living creatures thriving here to name a few. Most of all they wereattracted to the warmth and generosity of the people of North Bonneville.Why in the Park It's where they are most comfortableThe oak savannah in the city park drew them to the area. As they sleep in the trees, these sprawlingbranches are favored by the Bigfoots.The Entrance Bigfoot.The Great ElderThis Great Elder was so inspired by the courageous attempt of the family moving here that he wanted tocome as well and join the family in the community. The Great Elder is one of many wise teachers of theSasquatch. The teachers pass down wisdom from earlier stories/legends to the younger so they canadapt to this world.Why at the entrance.The Great Elder was so taken by the community’s generosity to the family that he stands at the entranceto serve as a beacon of welcome and togetherness to all that pass.The plaque next to him.The plaque reflects the words of the Great Elder the night he was unveiled.What do they hope to gain from being here.To learn new ways and adapt to a changing world. Sasquatch believe there are many different ways ofliving in this world.Infrastructure ComponentsBelow is a list of structural components within three areas that make up the Bigfoot Interpretiveportions of the Discovery Trails Plan. The three areas are: Community Entrance The Discovery Loop Interpretive Trail RoutesCommunity Entrance AreaThe entrance area's east side grass knoll serves as the placement of three key components: The GreatElder, a Log Round Plaque and Welcome Sign. Placement of these components at this location will notonly allow for fulfillment of this concept idea and underlying storyline, but also draw travelers fromState Route 14 into the community.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 6

Entrance Area FeaturesThe Great Elder (Entrance Bigfoot)The Great Elder is a 13-foot tall carved Bigfoot statue located at the city entrance. It serves as awelcoming beacon for the Bigfoot concept and for the communtity itself. Plans call forillumuniation lights to be added to this feature.The Great ElderLog Round PlaqueThis plaque, placed near the Great Elder, reflects the imaginative words from the Elder markinghis arrival at Gorge Days 2012. (Told in first Person from Great Elder's perspective). In addition, agravel pathway has been installed to direct visitors towards the Plaque and Great Elder area.Log Round PlaqueDiscovery Trails Welcome SignA wood sign with wording saying “Discovery Trails” placed on slope below the Great Elder. Itserves to advertise the trails as well as providing initial direction from the entrance to theDiscovery Loop area. The sign will be in close resemblance to the Discovery Loop Entrance signwith the exception of the wording. Low maintenance landscaping and illumination lights arealso envisioned for this area.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 7

Great Council Rocks:A series of large rocks uncovered in 2018 during landscaping improvements to city entrancearea. Plan is to include the rocks within the overall Bigfoot storyline as described earlier in thisplan.Power box camouflage or burial (proposed):While not directly interfering with any of the features of this area, there is currently a WSDOTpower box in close proximity to the Great Elder that takes away from the aesthetic nature of thesetting. The plan calls for one of two option: Burial of box or use of camouflage.Landscaping/lighting and Bigfoot Additions (proposed):Entrance area improvement plans also include adding flower arrangements and landscapingfeatures to the entrance sign area and to the slope immediately below the Discovery TrailsWelcome sign as well. Additional carved Bigfoot statues are also planned to include one peeringaround the west side of the entrance sign serving as a welcome and one waving goodbye on theeast side of the sign. Adding soft spot lighting to each entrance feature to include the Bigfootfeatures is all proposed.The Discovery LoopThe Discovery Loop is a designated ¼ mile (400 meters) pathway circling the perimeter of the city'sdowntown park area. The loop serves as a hub point for each designated interpretive trail in addition topresenting the Bigfoot Family. With foreseen input from various stakeholders, this area is the focus ofcreating an outdoor community interpretive center in which various interactive promotional andinteractive features will be placed. Additionally, the Discovery Loop will be home to interactive andeducational area known as the Bonneville Adventure Park (see Goal 3).Discovery Loop FeaturesBigfoot Family and LittlefeetA complete wood carved Sasquatch family represents the family/children type conceptenvisioned as the underlying interpretive/promotional aspect for the trails. The mainfamily is grouped together near the Discovery Loop entrance.Wood carved family at Discovery Loop Entrance03/21/2019 RevisionPage 8

Bigfoot Family Welcome SignThis sign placed next to the family serves to introduce themselves and welcome visitorsin addition to explaining why they settled here. (narration in first person by the“Mother Bigfoot”)Family Welcome SignLittlefeet in ParkIn addition to the main family, the clan concept has been expanded to includenumerous children Bigfoot (Littlefeet) carvings placed in trees and rocks for people tosearch out as they walk the Discovery Loop. All Littlefeet are to be placed close to pathfor relatively easy sighting.Littlefoot in a treeLittlefeet Interpretive SignageTo accompany the Littlefeet, children oriented Littlefeet signs are placed around theloop. These signs describe the things the Littlefeet enjoy about the area and are writtenin first person from Littlefeet perspective. Signs bases are carved in the shape of Bigfootfeet for added effect.Littlefoot Interpretive Sign03/21/2019 RevisionPage 9

Footprint Directional MarkingsA series of painted Bigfoot "footprints" around the Discovery Loop serve to designatethe routing of the loop.Discovery Loop PrintsDiscovery Loop Entrance SignTo aid in identifying the Discovery Loop area itself, a Bigfoots Entrance sign wasdeveloped and placed at the entrance to the loop’s parking area.Discovery Loop Entrance SignTrailhead Signage (proposed)As each Bigfoot Discovery Trail will originate at the Discovery Loop, an associatedintroduction sign is envisioned at the branch off point for each interpretive route. Thissignage will include a brief description of the trail and highlights as well as a mapdepicting its route.Interpretive Trail RoutesThe Bigfoot Interpretive Trails consist of specific routes branching out from the Discovery Loop. Ascurrently envisioned, three trails within city limits are planned to lead through a different part of thecommunity with the idea of more routings envisioned in the future. These trail routes will form03/21/2019 RevisionPage 10

interpretive connections between the Discovery Loop area and Greenleaf Lake, the ColumbiaRiver/Bonneville Dam, to the border of the Pierce Wildlife Refuge, and to the north along the banks ofHamilton Creek. A series of interpretive signs will be placed along each route to describe historical,environmental and viewpoint features. In addition, interactive activities will be developed along thetrails (See Goal 3).Trail Map (To be Revised)Bigfoot Interpretation SignsStaying consistent with the Bigfoot first person theme in the Discovery Loop, signs alongeach of the trail routes will be told in first person form from the perspective of theBigfoots. While the content of the signs will remain focused on the feature at thatspecific point, the Bigfoots will be describing it as a virtual trail guide. This will provide afirst of its kind feature to an interpretive trail system as it maintains staying the Bigfoottheme in the Discovery Loop.Bigfoot Trail FeaturesIn addition to signage, other woodcarvings of Bigfoots are proposed to be located atvarious locations along the trail, near the signs. The Bigfoots will be designed and placedin ways that play into the feature being described at that location (looking at the view,catching a fish, etc.). These woodcarvings along the trail will be used as the basis for theTrails Theme Activity concept as described in Attachment 2.Trail Route SpecificsEach of the three trails will be given a name relating to the geographical area in which the trail passes.Additionally, a color will be assigned to ease identification of each trail. Color coding will also be usedon signs and directional makers.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 11

Although the plan currently calls for three designated trails, future routes and updates should beconsidered as this concept and the community itself evolves.Hamilton Creek TrailColor: Light blueApproximate Length: 1.25 milesThe Hamilton Creek Trail extends from the Discovery Loop to the west leadingover the Hamilton Creek car/pedestrian bridge crossing and looping its wayaround the western city limit bordering the Pierce Wildlife Refuge. Features ofthe trail include views of Hamilton Mountain, Beacon Rock Golf Course, PierceWildlife Refuge, and Hamilton Creek.Trail Signage:Birds, Hamilton Creek, Hamilton Mountain, Ice Age Floods, PierceWildlife Refuge, Riparian Area, Man/NatureDirectional Markings:Color coded Bigfoot prints envisioned at all intersections to aid in route depiction.Other Features:Bigfoot Geocache Course (see attachment 2)Greenleaf TrailColor: GreenApproximate Length (one way): 1.75 milesThe Greenleaf Trail serves to connect the north side of town and picturesqueGreenleaf Lake into the Bigfoot Trail System. From the Discovery Loop, the routeinitially goes north as it passes under SR 14 and then extends out to thenortheast corner of the community along the shoreline of Greenleaf Lake.Features the trail passes include, the Pioneer Cemetery, Greenleaf Lake, andviews of Aldrich Butte and Table Mountain.Trail Signage:Stream Restoration, Aldrich Butte, RR History, Open Space Corridors, Cemetery,Power Transfer site, Greenleaf Lake, Moffett Creek.Directional Markings:Bigfoot prints envisioned at all intersections to aid in route depiction along withdirectional signage through the Aria Oaks neighborhood portion of the trail.Other Features: Find the Bigfoot Family activity (see attachment 2)Columbia Trail (proposed)Color: YellowApproximate Length (one way): 2.5 milesThe Columbia Trail will extend from the Discovery Loop to the east of thecommunity to the Columbia River itself as it passes by the easternneighborhoods and through a newly created trail in Parcel 2 and Fort CascadesHistoric Site.Trail Signage: To be determinedDirectional Markings: Bigfoot prints at all intersections to aid in route depiction.Other Features: To be determined.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 12

Bigfoots Biography PlanMuch of the potential success of the entire concept lies with the unique underlying idea of publicizingwho these Bigfoots are and why they are here. The Bigfoot Biography plan serves as a plan for this goalas it will enhance the story and develop lifelike traits for the community Bigfoots. It will also serve infurther development of the characteristics, enhanced storylines, happenings, and promotion of theBigfoots.Steps to enact the biography plan: Adoption of the official Bigfoot storyline as described in this plan Bigfoots’ naming Development of social media connected to the BigfootsWould allow official reference sites to be created for the purpose ofmaking known the storyline, characteristics, and happenings of theBigfoots. Development and installation of Bio Plaques to be placed near each Bigfoot.Links to social media pages are envisioned with the plaquesPossible Bigfoot Plaque Design ExampleGoal 2Regional Connection DevelopmentOverviewWith a close proximity to several surrounding geographic locales/trail systems, in addition to anunderutilized community trail parking area, North Bonneville has the potential to become a regionaltrailhead connection hub. While currently no official trails connect the city trail/pathway system, muchof the current city infrastructure would facilitate such connections to surrounding areas.Rationale for regional trail connection development:1) To further a marketable identity of North Bonneville being a recreational hub point.2) Increase visitation to the North Bonneville City Center/Central Business District area.3) Providing relief to nearby trailhead areas that are often over capacity.4) Providing increased use of underutilized city infrastructure already in place (parking area,restroom facilities, etc.).03/21/2019 RevisionPage 13

Component DescriptionsDiscovery Trail HubThe Discovery Hub would make use of the existing Discovery Loop as described in Goal 1 andprovide additional non-motorized connections to areas outside North Bonneville city limits. Fullbuild out envisions a linkage trail fanning out from the Discovery Loop in the four cardinaldirections (north, south, east, west).Linkage RoutesNorth Linkage: Creekside Trail (B-PCT Connection Trail)The Creekside Trail/PCT link is the vision to establish an official non-motorized trail linkconnecting North Bonneville’s city center via the Discovery Trail with the diversemountain trail network directly to the city’s north. Specifically, this routing wouldprovide a direct linkage for hikers from North Bonneville to the Aldrich Mountain, PacificCrest, and the Table Mountain trail networks.West Linkage: Bonneville to Beacon TrailThis route would utilize initial portions of the current Refuge View Trail (describedearlier in document) to form a connection between the Bonneville City Center via theDiscovery Loop Hub and Beacon Rock State Park with the majority of the routetransitioning the Pierce Wildlife Refuge. As this route serves as a likely linkage to theGorge Towns to Trails vision and going through federal lands, work on development ofthis route will be in coordination with several different agencies.East Linkage: Bonneville Dam Connection TrailThis route will form an official connection between the Bonneville City Center via theDiscovery Loop Hub and the Bonneville Dam three miles to the east. The trail will alsotransition through the Fort Cascades Historic site and utilize already existing for themajority of the route. As much of the land along this route is federally owned,coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers will be required for development of thistrail.South Linkage: Strawberry Island TrailThis route will form an official connection between the Bonneville City Center via theDiscovery Loop Hub and the network of trails within the hilly and wetland preserveimmediately to the city’s south. As the Strawberry Island area is federally owned andprotected, coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers will be required fordevelopment of this trail route.Towns to Trails Plan Tie-InThe Towns to Trails plan is a vision being developed by Friends of the Columbia Gorge that would workto provide an avenue towards accomplishing a regional trail connection concept within the entireColumbia Gorge area. The basis of this connection concept is a comprehensive area wide trail systemlinking communities with recreation and tourism while highlighting the beauty and wonder of the area.North Bonneville is one of the communities envisioned tying into this trails project. This necessitates aneed for planning that works to tie this project into the local BDTP. This document serves to facilitatethat purpose.The connection strategies between the two plans will be entailed in this section to include:o Direct communication between coordinators of the two projects.o Develop joint strategy efforts.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 14

ooPlan a formal and specific linkage point between the Discovery Loop Hub as envisionedin this plan and the Towns to Trails route.Ensure proper signage and markings are placed that provide ease of interpretation inaccessing the Discovery Loop from the Towns to Trails route and vice-versa.GOAL 3Trails and Discovery Loop Interactive ConceptsOverviewThis goal details specific activities and facilities envisioned within the Bonneville Trails system tofurther enhance their entertainment and educational value along with attracting increased usership. The focus is creating a diversity of recreational activities centered around the DiscoveryLoop described previously in this plan.Recreational Hub Vision:As described earlier, all Discovery Trails are planned to originate at the Discovery Loop arealocated near the City Center and Central Business District. This will provide an efficient central“hub” with one stop access to all trails described in this plan. Additionally, due in part to itsexisting infrastructure and location, this area is also envisioned to be home for a diversity ofrecreational activities, to be described here as they develop. This vision is based on giving thecity a marketable identity while preserving its unique attributes.Recreational ActivitiesThe Bigfoot GeocacheWhat is Geocaching?An outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or mobiledevice and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called"geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. It has developed into an officialworldwide activity with millions of people of all ages participating.“Bigfoot Geocache” Geo Tour: An official Geocache course set up around the Refuge View Trail route. The course is formally posted and advertised on the official Geocaching website. Caches are located with hidden Bigfoot Carvings along the route and on public property. A finders log is located with each Bigfoot for documentation of users. Specific Bigfoot signs are placed around the trail that highlight the activity and provide hintsto Bigfoot whereabouts. Users post their results/experiences on the Geocaching website seen by the worldwidegeocaching community.03/21/2019 RevisionPage 15

Trail system with points of interest and trail networks beyond city limits. Goal 3 . Work progressed on the initial development of the Bigfoot theme for the Children's trail to include: . Bigfoot Saturday . Late 2012 . In order to tie both the Heritage Trail idea and Bigf