Arboretum Waterfront Trail Redevelopment

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to renovate, rebuild, or replace portions of a floating boardwalk trail system on Foster Island in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. The City also will retrofit the floating walkway for safety and for people with disabilities. The new elevated boardwalk will reduce the trail footprint, prevent damage from people walking through the wetland, and better connect visitors with the habitats they are experiencing. The site includes marsh and shoreline areas that support priority species (western pond turtle, bald eagle, Chinook Salmon). The boardwalk is the only passage over the largest wetland in Seattle and is a key link in a larger trail network. With unparalleled views, it is frequented by bird watchers, wildlife photographers, schools, and college classes. The trail connects the arboretum with transit hubs and links two parts of the University of Washington Botanical Gardens by connecting Union Bay Natural Area with the arboretum. Seattle will contribute $475,000 in cash and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Seattle Parks & Rec Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 475000 Project Type: Development County: King Legislative District: 43 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1869

Location Details

From I-5: Take Exit 168B for SR-520/Bellevue-Kirkland. Merge onto SR-520 and take the first exit to Montlake Boulevard. Cross straight through the signal onto East Lake Washington Boulevard (LWB), which becomes LWB East. At the stop sign, turn left off LWB East onto East Foster Island Road and follow it to the end, where parking is available. Walk on the trail at the end of the road, over the pedestrian bridge, and continue on the trail under SR-520, and turn left at the trail intersection at the east end of the Arboretum Waterfront Trail. From SR-520 West: After crossing Lake Washington on SR-520, take the first exit onto LWB East. Turn left at the stop sign off the ramp. Take the next left onto East Foster Island Road and follow it to the end, where parking is available. Walk on the trail at the end of the road, over the pedestrian bridge, and continue on the trail under SR-520 and turn left at the trail intersection at the east end of the Arboretum Waterfront Trail.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.