Washington Park Arboretum Waterfront Trail

Updated: April 5, 2022

Spring 2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to complete construction drawings, finalize permitting, and put this project out to bid. We do not have enough funding to renovate the entire trail; we will permit the entire trail and construct improvements in phases as budget allows. The first phase of work will focus on the Foster Island section of the trail and the floating walkway.

Design and permitting efforts began in 2016, but the lack of funding was a huge issue and together with the community we were able to secure state grant funding to enhance and preserve the Arboretum Waterfront Trail and waterfront access. 

Thank you to the over 1200 people who participated in our online survey for the Waterfront trail and helped to secure this funding. Please see survey results below.

View the grant presentations here:


Lake waters flooding over top of boardwalk on trail



waterline of lake abuts marsh trail

Budget

$1.3 million
$475,000 from The 520 Bridge Mitigation for design and permitting.  
$855,000 from Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account and WWRPA Trails. 
This funding was secured by the Seattle Parks and Recreation grant team and project manager. The funding will not allow us to renovate the entire trail, we will permit the entire trail and construct improvements in phases as budget allows.   

Schedule

Design and Permitting: 2018 - 2022
Construction: 2023

Community Participation