Vern and Faye Schanilec describe the Washougal River Greenway Trail as one of the “hidden treasures of Camas.”
The Schanilecs walk the trail often, and Vern provided assistance with an Eagle Scout project that resulted in the planting of 12 red leaf maple trees along one portion of the walkway.
It’s become a special place to the couple who moved to the Camas-Washougal area 26 years ago, from Bemidji, Minn.
“It’s such a peaceful place,” Faye said of the Washougal River Greenway Trail. “I think it’s important to have a place to come to, where you can commune with nature. It’s serene and restful.”
Hoping to offer visitors more opportunities to enjoy the area’s tranquility, the Schanilecs recently made a $15,000 donation through the Parks Foundation to support a $50,000 project that will add a 325 square foot wood plank observation deck to a pond adjacent to the trail. The endeavor will also include a paved access path, rock wall, railing, bench and landscaping.