On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors. The new, paved, asphalt path connects 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 is open to pedestrians, creating direct access from the south end of the Drive up to the Cascadia Forest section of Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; the addition of new plantings and other project elements on the completed section will continue into the spring.
Construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail started on March 28, 2016. The new trail will improve visitor access to Seattle’s flagship public garden. Construction will continue through early 2018. 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.