King County Parks has a Christmas present for Burke-Gilman Trail users. The eastern-most section of the closed trail is completed and open, connecting Ballinger Way and Log Boom Park.
It’s not a complete opening of the delayed and over budget trail reconstruction project, but it’s something! It removes a section of nasty detour and gives people a taste of what the new trail will be like when it is all completed (planned for late January).
From King County Parks:
The major redevelopment of a 2.2-mile-long stretch of King County’s Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park reaches a milestone today when the easternmost portion of the trail project is completed and opens for public use.
Approximately .7 miles of freshly rebuilt trail from Log Boom Park to Ballinger Way opens today at noon, and features wider pavement plus new lighting, improved road crossings, fencing and other safety upgrades.
Gone with the reopening of this stretch of trail are the temporary stairs that trail users had to navigate in order to access the designated detour route.
Here’s a map of the newly-opened section: