The state is funding a trail through the Arboretum as part of the 520 Bridge project, and you have a chance to get a look at how design is evolving and give feedback Thursday.
The meeting is 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center.
Part of the Arboretum’s Master Plan, the trail will connect from Madison Street to the Montlake neighborhood. Though it will be a key bike route, it will also increase public access to new parts of the park previously difficult to get to. Along with Arboretum Drive, the new trail will complete a biking and walking loop through the park.
Design details presented at a recent meeting of the Bicycle Advisory Board showed that while the trail will encourage bicycling, it is not meant for high-speed travel. Design elements will encourage a casual pace, and people who want to go faster will still be encouraged to use Lake Washington Boulevard.
Details about the meeting from Seattle Parks:
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation invites the community to a public meeting for the Washington Park Arboretum Multi-Use Trail. The final public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center located inside the park at 2300 Arboretum Dr. E.
The Arboretum Multi-Use Trail project provides a trail from the intersection of East Madison through the Arboretum to the intersection of Foster Island Road and Lake Washington Boulevard.
At the meeting, design development drawings will be presented that take into consideration input from public meetings held in 2011-2012. Parks staff will be on-site to answer questions and collect feedback. The community is encouraged to participate and all are welcome.
In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from Washington State Department of Transportation to fund implementation of the Arboretum Multi-Use Trail. This project, as outlined in the in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key element in mitigation effects of the upcoming replacement of the State Route 520 Bridge.