BGT_March 2014_2BGT_March_2014Spring is around the corner and daffodils aren’t the only things popping out of the ground. A new connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail – the last project in round one of our Livable Streets Initiative – is poised to open when we have received final city approval (hopefully in April).

Located behind the Hartmann Building, the connection provides paved access to the trail up a slope near a group of sequoia trees.

As part of our commitment to sustainability and the environment, we took great care to protect and preserve the trees during construction. A certified arborist periodically evaluated their health during the project. Jeff Hughes, Seattle Children’s manager of grounds and sustainability and Jim Keller of Site Workshop Landscape Architecture helped modify the connection’s design to avoid the trees’ root systems.

The connection provides safe and easy access between the Burke-Gilman trail across the Hartmann Building property to the traffic signal and crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE and the cycle track that runs in front of the hospital.

Watch for an update on this blog announcing the date of the connection opening!