Update on Burke-Gilman Trail work in northeast Seattle

UPDATE: Seattle Parks and Recreation continues to clear debris

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) will continue work to clean up debris and provide ditch maintenance at two landslide sites along sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail in northeast Seattle. SPR opened the trail to users for the remainder of today, Jan. 19 and will resume work on Jan 20. The trail will be intermittently closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow us to complete the project.

Trail users will experience short intermittently closures between NE 125th St. and NE 135th St. on the Burke Gilman Trail to allow trucks to access the site and remove debris. SPR will provide flaggers to minimize impact to trail users.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during this maintenance project.

Work to repair the Burke-Gilman Trail and detour will be completed on Dec. 2, 2016

Repairs to four sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District are complete and the final section will be completed on Fri. Dec 2, 2016. This final section detours cyclists off the trail near the University of Washington campus onto 25th Ave. NE. This detour is less than a half a mile and the best alternative route.

Cyclists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in this area. Please dismount and walk bikes when crossing at Pend Oreille Road NE and 25th NE. The contractor has flaggers on the trail during working hours; please follow the signs. Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the inconvenience to trail users and appreciates their cooperation. For the detour map visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at sandra.albertsen@seattle.gov or 206-684-8938.

 

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation begins repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail

Repairs to five sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded the construction contract for repairs to Westwater Construction. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 2017. This project will repair sections of the trail, remove areas of asphalt in disrepair, remove invasive roots that are causing upheaval, and replace those sections with new asphalt. Trail sections were determined by 2015 condition-assessment work done in collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area onto side streets. The contractor will work on one section at a time, from east to west, to reduce the impact to trail users. Please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs for more information about the detour routes.img_0818

SPR will also perform small asphalt repairs on the Burke-Gilman Trail in November between Gas Works Park (Meridian Ave. N) and the I-5 bridge, and may require cyclists to dismount and walk around repair work (no detour route will be required). 

 he Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

 For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at sandra.albertsen@seattle.gov or 206-684-8938.

 

 

 

Burke-Gilman nominated for Best Urban Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail

The 27-mile Burke-Gilman trail is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling trails in Seattle. You can hop on at Golden Gardens Park and follow it clear up to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell. It promotes non-motorized, pollution-free commutes and provides scenic views for joggers and walkers. So we weren’t surprised to hear that it was nominated as one of the country’s Best Urban Trails by USA TODAY 10Best editors and readers. Now we’re asking for your help to make it number one. [Read more…]

Construction may affect use of Burke-Gilman between NE 125th & NE 135th streets

Private construction activity near the Burke-Gilman Trail may result in temporary delays or congestion for both bicycle and pedestrian use of the trail between NE 125th St. and NE 135th St., beginning on or about Monday, July 28, and continuing through the month of August. The trail will be open, but the available width of the paved pathway will be reduced. To assure the safety of all, bicyclists may be required to dismount and walk their bikes through this section of the trail.

A portion of the paved trail will be fenced off for a distance of approximately 150 feet north of NE 125th. The unpaved running and walking path along the east side of the trail will be open for use.

Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the need to interrupt bicycle use of the trail, but this temporary restriction is necessary for safety reasons. The construction project will install protective coverings and gabions on the hillside on the west side of the trail to help stabilize the slope. The work is intended to confine and stabilize the lower portion of the slope where groundwater seepage and erosion have resulted in continued sloughing of the hillside and landslides. The City of Seattle is cooperating with this work by allowing limited use of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

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Your Seattle Parks Summer Bucket List

Remember the “What I Did on my Summer Vacation” essay assignment on the first day of school? You had to think about the previous three months and make up events that made you seem more interesting and adventurous than watching Judge Judy marathons. Embarrassing.

You may not get a summer vacation anymore, but the season is still something to be treasured. Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to help you take advantage of these rare, sunny days and create some brag-worthy memories.

We won’t ask you to write an essay, but we’d love to see you in action. Prove you completed some of the activities on our Summer Bucket List by sending photos to @seattleparks on Twitter #bucketlist

Big Day of Play

On my summer vacation I…GOT HEALTHY! Join us from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, for our first-ever Big Day of Play at Mount Baker Park Sailing and Rowing Center! We’ll have entertainment, music, kids’ activities and plenty of opportunities for you to learn about our active recreation and healthy food programming.

On my summer vacation I…WATCHED THE BIG SCREEN IN MAGNUSON PARK! On Thursdays throughout the summer, Magnuson Park will host outdoor movies. “Grease” kicks off the line-up, followed by “The Lego Movie,” “Gravity,” “Sixteen Candles” and other favorites. Spread out a blanket on the grass, take part in movie trivia and get some grub at a food truck. Don’t worry, no one can say you’re wasting away in front of the television if you’re doing it outside.

Othello

On my summer vacation I…MET A CAMEL! I mean, really, how many chances does one get to meet a camel in the Northwest? Visit Othello Park on Sunday, Aug. 17, for the Othello Park International Music and Art Festival. Between noon and 6 p.m., the park will be filled with family-friendly music and performances. Wander through the vendor and food booths, take a ride on the zip line and of course, say hi to the visiting camel.

On my summer vacation I…PAMPERED MY POOCH! Sunday, Aug. 17, is truly a dog day of summer. From 1-3 p.m., you can take your pups to Helene Madison Pool and let them cool down in the water. Each year the pool hosts a dog swim before the facility closes for preventive maintenance.

On my summer vacation I…WENT SCUBA DIVING IN ELLIOT BAY! Did you know you there is a protected area off the shores of West Seattle’s Seacrest Park for scuba diving? Explore underwater sea creatures in the Sound and then treat yourself to lunch at Marination Ma Kai, voted one of the city’s best lunch spots by Seattle Magazine.

Dancing 'til Dusk

On my summer vacation I…DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY WITH 800 OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS! Dancing ‘til Dusk events take place throughout downtown parks in the summer. We provide lighting, bands and free dance lessons; you just have to show up in your boogie shoes. From 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday Sept. 5, we’re hosting a square dance in Freeway Park, so save the date and swing your partner! For other Dancing ‘til Dusk dates, click HERE.

Camp Long challenge course

On my summer vacation I…FOUND MY INNER TARZAN! Grab a group of friends and take to the trees. Camp Long in West Seattle has a vertical playpen. Climb through tires and obstacles up in the sky or travel between high platforms on beams, swings and ropes supported by belayers. There are a variety of challenge course options available for adventurers of all levels.

Burke-Gilman

On my summer vacation I…BIKED THE BURKE-GILMAN TRAIL! The Burke-Gilman Trail runs from Shilshole Bay in Seattle to the City of Bothell spanning more than 18 miles. Grab your helmet and follow the historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Sammamish River. Pack a lunch, enjoy the views and get some fresh air.

On my summer vacation I…DISCOVERED A NEW PARK (OR 10)! Pick a park, any park, and then grab your sunscreen and go. We have more than 400 parks within our city limits and very few people have seen them all. Take this summer to find a new picnic spot, a breathtaking viewpoint or a perfect practice field for your soccer team. Each of our parks is unique, and they’re all FREE.

Seattle Parks to clear slide debris on Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin work immediately to remove debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred on Sunday, April 21, on the Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 117th and Riviera Place NE at Lakeside Place NE.

A slide on private property above the Burke-Gilman Trail will be cleared by Parks crews beginning Thursday, April 25.

A slide on private property above the Burke-Gilman Trail will be cleared by Parks crews beginning Thursday, April 25.

Since the homeowner of the property where the slide originated is out of town, the Parks Engineer declared a public safety hazard that will allow the City to begin work immediately.

The slide was caused by the failure of a timber wall on private property above the trail. A portion of what remains of the wall is resting against, and is supported by, a clump of trees directly above the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Early on Thursday, April 25, Parks heavy equipment and tree crews will park a 135-foot boom lift on the trail to provide tree removal specialists access to the cluster of trees that is in imminent danger of falling down onto the trail. Parks staff will trim off branches and trunks, but will leave the stumps in place. This will help to stabilize the current situation by reducing the weight on the compromised hillside.

This action will not remove the remnants of the timber wall, or permanently stabilize the property.

Tree crews will also trim the branches on Parks-owned trees farther down the slope as needed to mitigate potential hazard to trail users and to Seattle City Light power lines. After the tree work is complete, crews will clear slide debris from the trail.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of the week. A detour around the slide area is marked.

This press release a photo of the slide area can be found on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Blog.

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Slide closes Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 117th

Slide closes Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 117th

Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed the Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 117th and Riviera Pl. NE at Lakeside Pl. NE because of a slide.

Parks is unable to get a crew safely into the site to clear it because of the danger of continuing slides from above.

A detour around the slide area is marked.

Parks will provide an update Monday morning.

Seattle Parks Works to Remove Invasive Plants on a Section of the Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin invasive plant removal along the Burke Gilman Trail on Monday, February 1, 2010. The work will take place between Meridian Ave. N and Latona Ave. NE on the north end of Lake Union. 

The Trail will remain open; however, Parks anticipates it may be narrow in places while the invasive plant removal is taking place. 

In 2009, Seattle Parks and the Seattle Parks Foundation worked with the public to complete the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Master Plan. This improvement project is the part of the implementation of this plan.

The purpose of the loop is to enable citizens and visitors to enjoy the character and history of the neighborhoods that surround Lake Union, and to enjoy a unique recreational experience. The loop serves walkers, runners and cyclists, improving the connection between lakefront neighborhoods, downtown, the University of Washington and the Burke Gilman trail.    

For more information and to view the Master Plan, please visit the website at http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/LakeUnionLoop/default.htm or contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048. 

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