Construction continues apace on the Arboretum Loop Trail. With over 50 days of sunshine and dry weather this summer, the contractor, Ohno Construction, has made great progress, laying down the trail all the way to the north end of Arboretum Drive.
In August, trail and road work began on Foster Island Drive, and it will continue into the fall, with traffic reduced to one lane at times while the City places concrete at curb and ramp locations.
On August 17, the intersection of Foster Island Drive and Arboretum Drive was paved and transitioned into a three-way stop. Temporary stop signs are in place, and permanent signs will be installed when the concrete work is complete.
The City is working to have the trail completely open to the public by the end of 2017. In the meantime, you can see what it will look like by exploring the open section on the south end of the Arboretum. In late March, the City opened a small section of the paved, asphalt trail connecting Arboretum visitors from 31st Avenue East and East Madison to the south end of Arboretum Drive.
Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Drive was opened to pedestrians, creating direct access from the south end of the Drive up to the Cascadia Forest section of Pacific Connections Garden.
Construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail started on March 28, 2016. The new trail will improve visitor access to Seattle’s flagship public garden. Sign up to receive regular project updates and notifications at LoopTrail.seattle.gov.
In the media:
- First Section of Arboretum Loop Trail Opens to Visitors (Parkways, March 23, 2017)
- Washington Park Arboretum’s new trail to reveal hidden treasures (Seattle Times, cover story, May 5, 2016)
- New Trail For Washington Park Arboretum To Mitigate SR-520 Construction (KPLU, April 25, 2016)
- Arboretum trail project underway, will expand public access (UW Daily, March 25, 2016)
Foundation blog updates:
- Making Great Progress (posted 8/10/16)
Bulletin article: For an indepth look at the design of the trail, see our article from the spring 2015 Arboretum Bulletin.