summer 2018 update
a season of improvement
If you haven't been out the Idler's Rest recently, you owe yourself a trip! Over the last several months, we've broken ground on a myriad of improvements to the trail system, wildlife habitat, and Universal Access in the cedar grove, just to name a few.
- New steps, railings, and other amenities on trailheads and steep sections of the trail for safer, easier use;
- New wildlife-friendly fencing along the northern side of the meadow;
- Clear, permanent boundary signs;
- The first stages of work to create a Universal Access trail through the cedar grove, which includes widening of the trail, grading to accommodate mobility assistance devices, and resting pads;
- And later this summer, Eagle Scouts will add the next piece with the installation of handicap-accessible benches along the Cedar Grove Trail.
In the coming year, we'll be addressing the erosion issues on the eastern end of the Meadow View Trail by installing elevated walkways to help minimize environmental impact and improve safety during the wet season. Work on Universal Access will continue in the cedar grove with the widening of the main footbridge, creation of an accessible trail entrance at the western side of the preserve, and additional grading improvements.
you put it all in motion
At the end of last year, we asked the community to help make much need improvements possible at Idler's Rest, and you responded with an incredible outpouring of support! From long-time residents to new college students experiencing the Palouse for the first time, so many members of our community stepped up and made contributions to ensure that people of all abilities are able to connect with the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of Idler's Rest.
Thanks to the generous support of the Thomas O. Brown Foundation and a local family, each dollar raised was matched 2:1, and in early January, your contributions helped achieve our goal of $15,000 in community matching support! This amazing backing made it possible for us to start putting the projects in motion, and something even more exciting: your support caught the eye of additional funders.
Over the past six months, the Land Trust has been able to successfully demonstrate what a special, treasured place Idler's Rest is. Thanks community commitment to making Idler's Rest the best it can be, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation has awarded funding for the addition of a handicap accessible parking space, as well as funding for outdoor education and learning opportunities at Idler's Rest.
Additionally, the Idaho State Parks and Recreation Recreational Trails Program has committed funding for the installation of a handicapped accessible composting vault toilet, to be installed in conjunction with parking lot improvements and dirt work. Your support truly makes so much possible!
Now with many of the pieces falling into place, we are poised to begin work on soliciting bids from contractors and lining out the parking lot improvement project timeline to ensure that work is done efficiently and with as little impact as possible on the landscape and visitors to Idler's Rest.
Thank you for making Idler's Rest, and our community such a wonderful place to call home! If you'd like to get involved in trail improvements or other special projects at Idler's Rest this fall, or would like to learn more, please email Jaime or give us a call at the office at 208-596-4496.
See you on the trails soon!