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North Bend has a new paved trail connection
for bikers and pedestrians to enjoy. This connection brings us one step closer
to a complete off road, multi-modal trail system. Local company, Rainier Asphalt & Concrete
generously donated nearly $20,000 of material and labor to the City to
bring the community a 205 feet long missing trail segment connecting William H Taylor Park
and the Train Deport to Park Street.
Rainier owner Tom Merry, a North
Bend resident since 2008, said he decided to invest in this trail because he
wants to contribute to the community he lives in and loves.
“We are excited to be involved in
the community in this way,” he said. “Ten or 20 years hence, I'd love to be
able to drive around and see projects that we've done to improve our town.”
Merry founded Rainier Asphalt
& Concrete in 2000 while he was a student at the University of Washington. He
ran his company from his home until 2006, when he opened his first office and
yard location in North Bend. They recently opened a satellite location in
Rainier specializes in
commercial, multi-family, industrial, right-of-way and public works projects. Over
the years, Rainier has grown from a one-man operation to a company of
approximately 70 employees.
On January 5th, 2017,
Merry wrote a letter to North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing describing an initiative
to provide up to $20,000 annually to City of North Bend for services they
provide to help improve the community.
In his letter, Merry wrote that
the “nature of the work could involve, but isn’t limited to: fixing trip
hazards, fixing potholes, installing ADA (wheelchair ramps), installation of
new sidewalks or paths, preventative pavement maintenance, traffic calming
devices, pedestrian safety, etc.”
In 2015, Rainier donated asphalt seal coating at Torguson Park.
“In some ways, you (City of North
Bend) were doing us a favor because we had leftover material at the end of our
season and we needed a place to put it. Nonetheless, this experience planted
the seed of how we could do similar things in the future to be a blessing to
our neighbors and community,” he said.