Burke-Gilman TrailGetting to the Burke-Gilman Trail is about to get easier and safer for Seattle Children’s neighbors, visitors and staff. After receiving final approval from the Department of Planning and Development at the city of Seattle, we’re ready to start building a new connection to the trail.

The ADA-compliant link will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital.

We expect to begin construction sometime in October or November and complete the project in January or February. Work will take place on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays – between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m.

The project involves grading  and paving, building fences and retaining walls and installing signage and landscaping. The landscaping work will complete efforts by the Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail to replace invasive plants with native vegetation. The trail will remain open during construction and all work will be staged from the Hartmann site.

The trail connection is part of our Livable Streets Initiative – a series of transportation-related improvements made in association with our Building Hope expansion. To make room for Building Hope, we asked the city to vacate portions of 41st Street NE and 46th Avenue NE. In exchange, we agreed to invest in public amenities such as the trail connection and the William and June Boeing Park and Garden Walk at 40th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street.

We held two open houses to help develop the trail connection’s design, which was reviewed and approved by the hospital’s Major Institutions Standing Citizens Advisory Committee. The project team includes: Seneca Group, project manager; Sellen Construction, general contractor; ZGF Architects, architect; Site Workshop, landscape architects; and Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil engineers.