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Mr. Safety wants everyone to be nice and be safe on the Loop Trail

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Mr. Safety wants everyone to be nice and be safe on the Loop Trail

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July 2, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) Chelan County PUD parks are popular places – especially in the summer – as walkers, runners, bicyclists, softball players and families visit to exercise, have fun and cool off.
To make sure everyone enjoys their visit, Chelan County PUD is tapping its safety expertise to remind park guests to look out for each other on the Loop Trail, especially in congested areas near the ball fields and south into Wenatchee Riverfront Park.

Short, lighthearted videos emphasize that all trail users need to:

  • Slow down in congested areas;
  • Limit speed to 10 mph;
  • Warn when passing;
  • Stay to the right, except when passing others.


Dave Parkhill, the PUD’s safety training administrator, is the face and voice of Mr. Safety.

Parks Supervisor Ryan Baker said it’s important to refocus on trail courtesy and safety, especially this time of year.

“As the weather warms up we see the use of the Loop Trail increase. It’s essential we look out for each other,” Baker said, noting there’s been an increase in close calls in the popular area from the ball fields and swim beach by Walla Walla Point to the Orondo Avenue boat launch in Wenatchee Riverfront Park.

Baker also urges trail users who stop and talk to please step off the trail. Keep dogs on a leash and close to your side, and pick up after them.

More tips on trail etiquette are posted on the PUD website. Park rules are posted in PUD parks and also on the District’s website under “Parks and Recreation > Parks.”

Chelan County PUD built and owns 14 parks along the Columbia River and Lake Chelan and operates seven of them including three in the Wenatchee Valley – Wenatchee Riverfront Park; Walla Walla Point Park; Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park, located on the Douglas County side of the river – and four in the Chelan area – Chelan Falls Park; Chelan Falls Powerhouse Park; Chelan Riverwalk Park; and Beebe Bridge Park. The landscaped grounds at Rocky Reach Visitor Center are also a popular destination.

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