Trail Alert: Construction and New Additions

Issaquah-Preston Trail cycle track

Summertime means construction and lots of action on our regional trails; here’s the latest scoop!

Construction Alerts

From August 4 – 25, King County will be repairing scour damage around the southern pier and southern bank of Gold Creek, near the Sammamish River Trail at the bridge south of the NE 124th Street and east of the Sammamish River. The trail will remain open but the area near the bridge will be impacted by construction and the presence of heavy machinery.

From August 7 – 13, King County Parks will be repairing portions of the trail along a one-mile stretch of the Soos Creek Trail between SE 240th St to SE 256th St in Kent. The work won’t require a complete closure of the trail, and flaggers will direct trail traffic around active construction zones.

King County Parks will close a short stretch of the Cedar River Trail for one day on September 4 to perform routine maintenance on a bridge near Fred V Habenicht Rotary Park near the intersection of Witte Road SE and SE 221st St in Maple Valley. There will be no detour route.

New Additions

If you’ve been on the Burke-Gilman Trail recently, you may have noticed the shiny new mural in the Wayne Tunnel that passes underneath 96th Ave NE 96th in Bothell. Working with volunteers over the course of two weeks in early July, artist Kristen Ramirez’s colorful design makes use of the walls and ceiling of 250 foot-long tunnel for a beautiful effect. Click here for photos and here for more on the artist and project.

Utilizing the road right-of-way, King County Parks just added a .7-mile-long cycle track along High Point Way to close a gap in the Regional Trails System and connect the Issaquah-Preston Trail to the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. This protected corridor separates pedestrians and cyclists from vehicle traffic, improving safety for everyone. Click here for photos.

Noticed those colorful random pianos along the Burke-Gilman or Sammamish River Trails? Now through August 17, Pianos in the Parks is a special summer happening in parks and on trails through Seattle and King County. Visitors are encouraged to sit down and play a tune – submit your video and be entered to win the opening gig at KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural on August 22! For more information, visit pianosintheparks.com.

Drop it like it’s hot! First issue of ‘Out of the Box’ e-zine is hot off the press!

Out of the Box logo

We are excited to kick off our first issue of a new, seasonal nature e-zine for the whole family to enjoy! The “Out of the Box” e-zine is designed to inspire kids and parents alike to:

1. Explore nature through discovery
2. Get outside & play
3. Dig into your curiosity
4. Live a fun & healthy life
5. Take care of ‘your big backyard’

Plus, there will always be a bonus coloring sheet on the back page. Pssst! Watch for future coloring contents and prizes – you heard it here first.

The learning materials included are seasonal in nature (pun intended), written to engage young readers and relevant to parents looking to find family-friendly activities offered by some of our awesome partners (REI and Movies @ Marymoor, for example).

We are also excited to formally introduce our King County Parks guru, Douglas E. Skwerrel. He’ll be bringing the extra quirkiness to our e-zine pages and answering questions from our littlest readers in future issues.

Meet Douglas E. Skwerrel

So go ahead, check it out and let us know what you think! Your feedback is extremely valuable to the growth and direction of this e-zine. You are invited to share your ideas for future content and if you know any outdoors related, rock-star blogging dads or moms that might be interested in contributing guest articles, please drop us a note at outofthebox@kingcounty.gov.