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PRESS RELEASE

Blackbird Station – Grand Opening 



November 9, 2018 (Moscow, Idaho) —  The City of Moscow is proud to announce the grand opening of Blackbird Station; a place along the Latah Trail to meet, stop for a rest, have a drink, or fill a water bottle. The event will take place rain or shine on Saturday, November 17, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. at Blackbird Station. The new trail station is located on the section of Latah Trail between Blaine Street and Alturas Parkway, just east of the Paradise Path system. Parking is available on Blaine Street and bicycle attendance is encouraged. The event is free and open to the public.

Blackbird Station, first approved in 2008 by the Moscow City Council, is truly a community effort with many individuals and organizations contributing toward the project. The Blackbird reference in the Station’s name is in honor of former City of Moscow Council President John Dickinson. As noted by Moscow citizen Nancy Chaney when suggesting the name reference, “Dr. Dickinson lived in the area and was a generous supporter of the Latah Trail ... Many of John’s friends associate him with blackbirds as a kind of totem animal and recurring theme in our remembrances … Blackbirds, particularly redwing blackbirds, are common at that marshy area along the Paradise Path, between Blaine and Alturas Drive. When I was seeking inspiration for a name and biking along that section, several blackbirds flew up around me and swooped across the path.  The name Blackbird Crossing felt exactly right. I hope that you will agree.”  

Blackbird Crossing was the name originally chosen for the stop, but due to a high number of individuals crossing the Highway to access the trail, the name was changed to Blackbird Station in an effort to discourage those unsafe crossings. 

The project was made possible due in large part to community members donations. The City of Moscow extends its sincere thanks to those donors, including:

Bricks – Tracie Lee, Kellie Gregory, John Klingler, Marilyn Franklin, Terry Grieb, Thomas Gorman, Erick Larson, and the University of Idaho Learning Center.

Trees – Robert and Marilyn Heckendorn.

Benches – Sheryl Monk, Robert and Marilyn Heckendorn, Nancy Chaney, and Bob and Sally Vorhies.

Drinking Fountain – Latah Trail Foundation

General Donations – Mrs. E. Palmer, Sue Scott, Palouse Roadrunners, S.M. Ghazanfar, PhD, and Daniel Cordon and Kari Dickinson. 

For more information on Blackbird Station, please contact the Park and Recreation Department at 208-883-7084. 

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Story Contact: Kellisa Owens, Parks & Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 208-883-7084
Email: kowens@ci.moscow.id.us


City of Moscow

206 E Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
Phone - 208.883.7006
Email - griedner@ci.moscow.id.us
Website - www.ci.moscow.id.us

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