The Cross Kirkland Trail is here! Kudos to the City Council and Kurt Triplett for having the vision and foresight to save the corridor for a trail for Kirkland and all of the eastside. As many of you know, last Friday, April 13th, the 5.75 miles inside Kirkland city limits became the property of Kirkland. It’s an exciting time as barriers have gone up where the trail crosses roads, safety features are incorporated in the overpasses and the rail crossing markers are gone.
But this is a project near and dear to me, something I’ve been advocating over the last 5 years. I began writing about the corridor and the trail vs. rail issue in 2007. I’ve written close to 40 posts on the subject, from the last hurrah for the dinner train, the Port of Seattle’s involvement, the first opportunity to walk on the trail, and the City Council voting to purchase the corridor.
A special thanks to the Eastside Trail Advocates, a local group who worked hard to see this vision happen in Kirkland by sponsoring the first walk on the the proposed trail, speaking at City Council and neighborhood meetings, and holding open houses to demonstrate the value of a trail for the city.
See you on the trail!