This February, Eastside Greenway Alliance members Vicky Clarke, of Cascade Bicycle Club, and Courtney Landoll, of The Trust for Public Land, spoke before King County Council in support of adopting the King County ERC Master Plan. They noted the certainty around trail development that the adoption brings, and the huge value of this corridor as space for active transportation and recreation in East King County.
King County Council adopted the Master Plan unanimously (7-0), with support echoing along the council dais:
“I am excited to approve the Trail Master Plan so we can finally roll up our sleeves and get to work on creating one of the most unique corridors in the country,” – King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci.
“This Master Trail Plan is an important milestone in the development of this great treasure for all of King County,” – King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert.
The King County Executive endorsed the council action:
“Now that the master plan is approved, we can begin creating a world-class, multi-purpose trail that knits together East and South King County communities. “Today’s action by the County Council will help us complete sections of the trail by 2020, including the iconic Wilburton Trestle.” – King County Executive Dow Constantine.
We couldn’t agree more. And with 17 miles of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor in King County's ownership (see map), adoption is a significant step forward.