Community invited to come celebrate and “Loop the Loop”
Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation invite the community to the grand opening celebration of the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from noon to 3 p.m.
The day will be filled with festivities along the path, including music, free snacks, food trucks, a talk by outdoors writer Craig Romano and an opportunity to explore the new multi-use trail. The official opening remarks and “vine-cutting” ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. at the Birch Lot off Lake Washington Blvd E.
The new multi-use trail daylights the creek, gives greater access to the wetlands and collections, and fulfills the Washington Park Arboretum values of education, recreation and conservation. Visit http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/04/03/new-arboretum-trail-daylights-creek-gives-greater-access-to-wetlands/ to read more about the completion of the trail.
Parking is limited and organizers are encouraging people to carpool, take public transit, bike or walk to the event. For more information on the event please visit https://www.arboretumfoundation.org/events/loop-trail/
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Community encouraged to visit Looptrail.seattle.gov and sign up for construction updates
On Monday Sept., 26, 2016, Ohno Construction will begin to tear up and replace the south end of Arboretum Drive E. This Arboretum access point will be closed through October 15, 2016 to build a key connection for the new loop trail. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Lake Washington Boulevard E and pedestrians detoured to cross at Wilcox Bridge at Lynn Street to access the Arboretum. This short notice is a response to a scheduling opportunity with a subcontractor that will allow the contractor to complete a key section of the trail and help get sections open to the public ahead of schedule.
The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we construct these improvements at the Arboretum.
The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Drive, creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.
In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is key in mitigation effects of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.
For more information about the project visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-loop-trail For additional questions please contact project manager Garrett Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 233-7921.