Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input for the Soft Surface Trails Plan

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in planning for the future of soft surface trails throughout Seattle. Please join us on Tuesday., Dec. 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Horticulture Bldg., 1600 South Dakota St., Seattle, WA 98108.

This meeting provides an opportunity to learn about soft surface trails in Seattle and to provide input on the plan for trails within SPR’s natural areas. The final plan will include recommendations for trail 20151102_090405maintenance standards, levels of service and trail hierarchy, a determination process for how new trails are formed and overall guidance for the future of trails throughout Seattle. This plan is not specific to one particular park or area.

The Soft Surface Trails Plan will incorporate SPR’s commitment to healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. It will provide an outline for future funding opportunities. 

SPR’s trails program marks a commitment to address the need for trail development standards, construction and maintenance. Under the program, we are taking an inventory of existing trails and coordinating new trail development.

 For more information on the meeting please contact Chukundi Salisbury SPR Trails Coordinator at 206-684-4122 or For more information on SPR trails visit



Repair work closes part of Discovery Park Loop Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation will close the Discovery Park Loop Trail along the park’s south bluff on Monday, Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, if needed Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. until trail repair is complete.  Discovery Park is located at 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. in Magnolia.

Seattle Parks is providing much-needed repairs on the southwest section of the trail. The 2.8-mile Loop Trail roughly follows the perimeter of Seattle Parks’ largest park.

For questions about the trail work please contact Michele Thurmond at or 423-2860. For more information about the park, visit




New interpretive and way-finding signs make Arboretum more user friendly

Just in time for the peak of fall colors, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation have unveiled a major new installation of way-finding signs and two new trails with a wealth of informational and educational signage at the Washington Park Arboretum.

“We are thrilled about these enhancements to the Arboretum. We have been working very diligently on this project for more than three years,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Project Manager Andy Sheffer. “The new way-finding and interpretation signage allows visitors to make the most of their time, and provides them with a better understanding of the Arboretum.”

More than 30 new signs are spread across the Arboretum. In park visitor surveys the most common suggestion was the need for better information and more interpretation.

The University of Washington and its director of the UW Botanical Gardens, Dr. Sarah Reichard, oversaw the two new interpretive trails: the half-mile “Pinetum Loop” and one-mile “Lookout Loop.”

“Many visitors don’t realize the Arboretum is home to one of the most important collections of trees and plants in North America,” said Dr. Reichard. “These new trails and signs will help us better share information about this extraordinary oasis with the public.”

The University of Washington has also printed new trail maps that are available at the Graham Visitors Center, and online at

“We were very sensitive to honoring the fact that any changes or improvements to the 230-acre Arboretum required great care and attention. That’s why so much time was given to designing and placing the new signage, and making it as unobtrusive yet, as accessible as possible,” Sheffer explained.

“We believe we addressed that in a thoughtful and careful manner,” Reichard explained.

The Washington Park Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by the UW and the Seattle Parks and Recreation, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. The Graham Visitors Center has an information desk and gift shop managed by the Arboretum Foundation. The Japanese Garden, located at the south end of the Arboretum has an entrance fee, and is managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

For more information, please contact Andy Sheffer, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at (206) 684-7041 or; or Sarah Reichard PhD, UW Botanical Gardens, at (206) 616-5020

Meeting: Improvements to Roanoke Street End on Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at TOPS School library located at 2500 Franklin Ave E. The public is encouraged to come and learn about the improvements for Roanoke Street End.  

As part of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Master Plan implementation, this street end located at E Roanoke St. and Fairview Ave. E in the Eastlake neighborhood, will be improved to allow for better access and public gathering. The concept for the improvements was generated and supported by the Eastlake Community Council (ECC).  Parks is moving the design forward in cooperation with the Seattle Department of Transportation and the ECC.  

Improvements will provide a way-side respite for visitors and residents alike. English ivy has already been removed from the street end. Asphalt removal and native plantings will take place later this year. 

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 Roanoke Street End is an important stopping point on the loop. Boeing assembled its first plane at this site in 1916. 

For more information please visit the website or contact David Graves at or 206-684-7048.

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Conservation Assoications Build Trails

Conservation Leadership Corps Orientation at Camp Long

Recently, Seattle Conservation Association (SCA) and Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) worked on a project at the SE entrance to Camp Long.

The Student Conservation Association  is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1957 to restore and protect America’s public lands and preserve them for future generations.

SCA members are high school and college-age volunteers who build trails, restore habitat, guide interpretive hikes, study plants and animals, and participate in many other conservation-related projects.

For the past several years, SCA Seattle’s Conservation Leadership Corps has started off their year at Camp Long. The Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) exposes high school students to nature and the outdoors by combining restoration service work and recreation in Seattle area greenspaces. Through hands-on volunteer projects, CLC teaches leadership, teamwork, backcountry and wilderness skills while students complete more than 100 hours of service learning. 

Earlier this month, Camp Long again hosted the CLC Orientation which includes service project stations that introduce the skills and knowledge to be gained throughout the year. CLC members commit to one weekend a month and one evening meeting a month. Members can participate with CLC for one to three years, taking on more responsibility as they gain experience. 

Here is a list of their accomplishments: Removed invasives: 495 sq. ft.; Graded trail: 40 ft.; Graveled trail: 35 ft.; Box steps built: 3; Trash removed: 1 garbage bag + odds and ends.  Photographs:

The City of Seattle WCC  Trails Crew marks the commitment of Seattle Parks and Recreation to address the need for trail maintenance, trail construction, and trail development standards within 4000+ acres of natural areas throughout the City. This crew works throughout the City Parks System to upgrade trails, construct new trail, and work with volunteer organizations and community members to improve the recreational opportunities for citizens and visiting tourists.

The crew consists of 6 members. Five members are a part of AmeriCorps and the Department of Ecology serving in a year-long term to work in Seattle Parks.  The crew members work for a stipend provided through collaborative funding of the AmeriCorps project.

In Camp Long the crew has been working under the supervision of Jacobo Jimenez and Rory Denovan, preforming work on specific restoration sites as well as the trails of the Camp Long. More specifically the south entrance the crew finished up where SCA started with installing box steps and a 6 foot crib wall, they pulled blackberries, mulched and planted the south entrance to help the entry look more appealing to hikers and visitors.

Funding for materials and support come from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Trails Program. This CIP (Capitol Improvement Project) is the result of identifying Trails and Forested areas as Capital Assets and a commitment to maintaining that infrastructure Citywide.

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