Burke-Gilman Trail redevelopment in Lake Forest Park update

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After a short delay caused by bid-dispute, King County Parks is almost ready to redevelop 1.7 miles of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park. It is anticipated that the trail will close at the end of May, and it will remain completely closed for four to six months.

The closure will be annoying for some and a significant hardship for others. Whatever your situation, the county is working with Cascade Bicycle Club and other governments to mitigate it to the greatest degree possible. One piece of the mitigation, a signed and improved detour, has been identified – and now needs permits from the City of Lake Forest Park.

While there is little reason to think the detour is in trouble, it is important to emphasize that the route is not official until King County Parks has secured permits from the cities of Lake Forest Park, Shoreline and Seattle.

To date, permits have been secured from the city of Shoreline and will soon be finalized with the city of Seattle.

The city of Lake Forest Park opened a 14-day comment period on Friday, April 15, for the segment of the detour located within city limits. Information about the permit and comment period is posted on the Lake Forest Park website.

Please take a moment to provide a comment on this permit by emailing Steve Bennett, Planning Director, or send written comment to: LFP City Hall 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Finally, as soon as the specific closure date is identified, it will be announced in the local press, posted on the project website, on signage on the trail and here on our blog.