It has taken an enormous amount of advocacy pressure over many, many years to get to this point: The final section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is finally applying for the permits needed to become reality.
But this is no time to relax. Though work is already underway on the penultimate section of the trail (“South Sammamish A”), permits are not yet in hand and ground is not yet broken on the final segment, dubbed “South Sammamish B.” King County has the funding, a nearly-complete design and a legal win giving the project a green light.
Half the trail is already complete, including connections to Redmond and Issaquah. This last missing piece connects these investments to each other. Crews are ready to get to work as soon as the design and permit are final.
Add your support to help push the project over what is hopefully the final hill. Cascade Bicycle Club has a handy online form to help you add your support. Submit your comments by 5 p.m. Friday.
Once complete, people getting around the region by bike or visiting lakeside parks will reap the benefits for generations to come.