Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail Grand Opening

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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Architectural firms invited to submit a Request for Qualifications for Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all interested architectural firms to submit qualifications for the Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study. Seattle Parks and Recreation, in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are engaging in a pre-design study to build a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The pre-design study Request for Qualifications is due by February 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST.

Through a competitive, Request for Qualification process, Seattle Parks and Recreation will hire a consultant team. The purpose of the pre-design phase is to undertake an in-depth study to define the final scope of the project. The pre-design phase scope of work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Development of a business plan
  • Defining program elements and space allocation
  • Site analysis
  • Concept level location siting options (three)
  • Preliminary building designs for the new facility – LEED Gold
  • Marketing product of at least three renderings
  • Parking study
  • Permitting requirement identification
  • Building and construction cost estimates
  • Construction timeline

The $200,000 in funding for the RFQ process is provided by the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation. The subsequent planning, design and construction work outlined in future agreements is not funded. The University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation will be leading the fundraising for any future developments associated with the Environmental Education Center.

For more information on this RFQ please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-environmental-education-center-predesign-study or contact Susanne Rockwell at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133.



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Construction of Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail temporarily closes south end of Arboretum Dr. E

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 garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 233-7921.