By: Robert Gladstein
The south end of Lake Washington boasts an exciting new regional trail connection.
A newly completed section of the Logan Avenue Trail nearly completes the connection between Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and the Cedar River Trail. This multi-purpose trail follows the west side of Logan Avenue North from N. 6th St., a block from The Landing, to the Logan Avenue Bridge.
A connecting, existing 4-mile bike lane provides access to housing, retail, commercial, and to the Boeing 737 plant. In this section, Boeing provided an easement to the City of Renton to enable this 5’ wide bike lane construction.
The newest link, connecting to and extending further south includes an art installation called “Wings and Wheels,” with inlaid bronze sculptures that encourage trail users to learn about the history of airplanes built and flown nearby. The trail in this segment is a 12’ wide, multi-use trail, separated from Logan Avenue North by a landscaped border.
The goal is to create a continuous bicycle route from Maple Valley to Renton, and north along Lake Washington to Newcastle and Bellevue, or around the southwest end of Lake Washington to the City of Seattle, as part of the Lake Washington Loop System – and connecting to the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Also in the design and planning stages is the Lake to Sound Trail system, which will connect the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila and Renton – hence the name Lake to Sound