Big trail connections are coming, with your help

If approved, the King County Parks Levy will help realize a connected network of regional trails. Council takes up the current proposal this month.

As King County looks to renew its six year levy for parks, trails and open space, people who bike, walk, and roll on regional trails can expect great things from the regional trails package. As Metropolitan King County Council takes up the current proposal this month, they will decide whether voters see the levy on the August 2019 ballot.

Funds from the 2020-2025 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy would connect hugely popular trails including the Eastside Rail Corridor. Whether you enjoy trails to exercise, build community, commute to work or school, or pick up transit connections, growing the trail network gives us a chance to invest in access for the next generation.

Key investments along the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) will create nearly end-to-end connectivity along 42 miles of trails on King County’s eastside. If the levy is approved, we’ll be most of the way towards connecting five large (and growing) eastside cities via a world class active transportation and recreation corridor. Connecting the ERC will ease congestion, improve public health, catalyze local economic investment, and connect people to jobs.

In addition to county-wide investments, people will be able to hop off the bus or light rail to walk, bike or roll the “last mile” along the Eastside Rail Corridor to access jobs at Eastside employment hubs.