The Mountains-to-Sound Greenway extension on Beacon Hill is complete, and there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Daejeon Park (see poster below).
A couple friends and I took a detour on our way to Georgetown Brewing the other day to try out the new trail section (see video above, and apologies in advance for the awful wind sounds). As many people have figured out, the trial has been completed for many weeks now, and it is beautiful. The trail is wide, leaving plenty of room for people to bike, stroll and walk their pets through the greenbelt. And the views of Sodo and downtown are remarkable.
It’s also a lot of fun to ride next to I-5 and notice that you are going faster than everyone stuck in traffic on the highway.
The trial ends abruptly at the point where Beacon Ave turns into the Holgate St Bridge down to Sodo. It’s a connection that is awesome if you are headed downhill, but its usefulness for people trying to get up Beacon Hill is limited. It is definitely not a family-friendly trek up Beacon Ave from the trailhead.
An extension to connect the trail through to the International District has been delayed. See a rough map of that route.
More details on the ribbon-cutting Saturday:
Construction of the Mountains-to-Sound Trail from the southwest end of the Jose Rizal bridge south along I-5 to Holgate is substantially complete with a grand opening scheduled for this Saturday, October 29. Join Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and a host of partners for the ribbon cutting and community event to celebrate this new trail through Beacon Hill!
What: Ribbon Cutting & Community Event
When: Saturday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: At approximately 900 Sturgus Ave. S – adjacent to Daejeon Park
Come hear from Mayor McGinn, Deputy Mayor Smith, Mountains to Sound Greenway Executive Director Cynthia Welti and others about the collaborative work that is creating a new chapter for the East Duwamish Greenbelt.
Discover volunteer opportunities for this area and participate in a tour with City Staff and community members to learn in greater detail about all of the improvements on and along the trail.
All modes of travel are welcome! Parking is available along 12th Avenue S and on S Charles Street as well as Sturgus Avenue S near Daejeon Park, where the event will take place.
This event is part of Mayor McGinn’s Walk Bike Ride initiative launched in 2010.
Bring your bike or running shoes to take advantage of the new trail after the event is over!
Construction of this section of the Mountains-to-Sound Trail, which travels through Jose Rizal Park and state-owned right-of-way property, began on June 20, 2011. The only remaining project element is installing final fencing around the off-leash areato create a four-plus acre site.