New kiosks across Greenway interpret more than just the landscape
Learning about the Mountains to Sound Greenway has become more accessible with the recent completion of eight interpretive kiosks installed across the landscape that surrounds Interstate 90 and connects Seattle and Ellensburg.
Kiosks are located at major recreation and visitor sites on public lands throughout the Greenway: at Mercer Island Lid Park, High Point Trailhead at Tiger Mountain, Snoqualmie Point Park, Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead, Rattlesnake Ledge Trailhead, Mount Si Trailhead, Iron Horse State Park Trailhead at Hyak at Snoqualmie Pass, and the Wye Park in historic downtown Cle Elum.
Each kiosk offers visitors opportunities to learn about the area via site-specific interpretive panels. Visitors with newer smart phones can interact directly with the panels, learning more about local history, area trails and wildlife information - at the touch of a button - as well as take pictures of maps and access the Greenway's website.
"Telling the Greenway story just became a whole lot easier with the installation of these interpretive kiosks," said Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. "We are excited to offer more ways for trail users and local residents to connect with and learn about these treasured locations within the Mountains to Sound Greenway."
Designed by Jones & Jones architects, each kiosk has site-specific user guides and maps in the interpretive panels by Denise Dahn. The panels have a uniform graphic format to help visitors connect the sites of the Greenway landscape together.
Because the stretch of Interstate 90 within the Mountains to Sound Greenway is designated as a National Scenic Byway, the eight kiosks received grants from the National Scenic Byways Program. Additional support came from Jim Ellis, the Greenway Trust founding president, from Jones & Jones and The Trust for Public Land.