Dedication Planned for McKenzie Conservation Area Addition

April 1, 2016

A pond, a meadow, local history and beautiful trees make the new 41 acre addition to McKenzie Conservation Area an exciting place.

The public is invited to a Dedication Ceremony for this special piece of land that was recently acquired by Spokane County Parks and Recreation using Conservation Futures Funds. The Dedication will be Saturday, April 9th at 10 AM.

The ceremony will be held at the new property. There will be speakers, light refreshments followed by an optional hike around the property.

Speakers will include some of the people that made the acquisition happen: Kris Pettibone—the former owner, Chris DeForest—the Conservation Director at Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, Paul Knowles—Park Planner at Spokane County Parks and Recreation, Doug Chase—Director of Spokane County Parks and Recreation, Nancy McLaughlin — newly appointed County Commissioner for District 1 and Ken Vanden Heuvel—Volunteer Trail Planner for McKenzie Conservation Area.

Parking will be at the trailhead parking lot for McKenzie Conservation Area on West Newman Lake Rd. in Newman Lake. (Directions follow) You can then walk the short distance up West Newman Lake Rd. to the new property. There will be people and signage to help you find your way.


From I-90:

  • Take the Liberty Lake exit #296 and go north on Harvard Rd. to Trent Ave.
  • Turn right on Trent Ave.
  • Turn left on Starr Rd., drive for 3 miles.
  • Turn right at the “Y” on Hauser Lake Rd., drive about ½ mile.
  • Turn left on Muzzy Rd. drive 4.5 miles (Muzzy Rd. turns into West Newman Lake Rd.)
  • McKenzie Conservation Area is on the left side where you will see a large parking area.