City of Vancouver Seeks Volunteers to Count Local Trail Users

Family holding hands and walking on waterfront trail. Source: City of Vancouver

Family holding hands and walking on waterfront trail. Source: City of Vancouver

Vancouver Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver are seeking volunteers to help count local trail users this September as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

Information gathered during the counts will be used to track trends in trail usage, determine the need for infrastructure improvements and gauge the effectiveness of outreach and education about trails.

“Even if you can’t volunteer, we hope you will come walk, bike or roller blade at your favorite locations on these days and be counted,” said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon.

This year’s trail counts will occur from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9-11 and from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 13 and 14.

Counting Locations

Trails and Pathways

  • Frenchman’s Bar and Vancouver Lake Trail at the Blue Rock trailhead
  • Salmon Creek Greenway Trail at the trailhead next to softball fields
  • Columbia River Renaissance Trail, just east of the second parking lot
  • Burnt Bridge Creek Trail at the Devine Road trailhead
  • Padden Parkway Trail at 94th Avenue
  • Lacamas Trail at the Goodwin Road trailhead
  • I-205 bridge over the Columbia River
  • I-5 bridge over the Columbia River


  • Columbia Street and W 6th Street
  • E 45th Street and Main Street
  • NE 157th Avenue and Mill Plain
  • McGillivray Boulevard and SE Village Loop
  • East McLoughlin Boulevard and Ft. Vancouver Way
  • NW Lakeshore Avenue & 78th Street
  • E Fourth Plain Boulevard & Grand Avenue

A variety of two-hour volunteer shifts are available at many different locations. Training sessions for volunteers will occur on Sept. 2 and 3 and pre-registration is preferred.

To sign up to volunteer, please Vancouver Volunteer Coordinator Hailey Heath at (360) 487-8316 or, or register online.

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