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Information kiosks go up along Mountains to Sound Greenway trails

By Warren Kagarise
Issaquah Press
A new kiosk now in place at the Tiger Mountain trailhead can provide cellphone users with electronic information about the mountain trail, such as maps and how to spot local wildlife.

A new kiosk now in place at the Tiger Mountain trailhead can provide cellphone users with electronic information about the mountain trail, such as maps and how to spot local wildlife.

Amy Brockhaus, of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said the kiosk was finished last week. Similar kiosks are going up at locations throughout the greenway at spots such as the Mount Si and Rattlesnake Mountain trailheads.

Brockhaus said one idea of the kiosks is to allow users of smart phones to take pictures of trail maps and use those maps later to navigate the surrounding area. A QR code in one corner of the kiosk directs web enabled phones to the Mountains to Sound Greenway website. The kiosks also contain what was described as a lot of site-specific information.

“It’s a lot of natural history that we’re trying to make available,” Brockhaus said.

According to information released by the Greenway, different kiosks at different locations will tell about things like how a park was built on top of a freeway on Mercer Island. At Tiger Mountain, learn how state trust forest lands fund local governments and public schools. The kiosk at Rattlesnake Ledge will tell about the nation’s largest protected watershed.

Brockhaus said the eight kiosks were paid for with grants from the National Scenic Byways Program as well as a donation from Jim Ellis, the Greenway Trust founding president. Including engineering and design, the total cost was estimated at $244,500.

Besides those locations already mentioned, kiosks will be placed or are ready at Mercer Island Lid Park; Snoqualmie Point Park; Iron Horse State Park at Hyak; and in the historic center of Cle Elum.

Learn more at www.mtsgreenway.org.

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