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Repair of vandalism on Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell requires emergency closure of Wayne Tunnel from July 19-22

Summary

King County Parks will close the “Wayne Tunnel” on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell daily on July 19 – 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to repair recent vandalism that destroyed the tunnel’s lighting and created unsafe conditions for trail visitors.

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King County Parks must close a portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell to repair extensive vandalism to the safety lighting within the “Wayne Tunnel.” The tunnel will be closed daily from July 19 – 22 between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  while workers repair the damage. No official trail detour will be available. 

The Wayne Tunnel carries the Burke-Gilman Trail under 96th Avenue Northeast near Northeast Bothell Way and the former Wayne Golf Course.
 
King County Parks crews will work as quickly as possible to repair the damage and re-open the tunnel. Trail visitors are asked to avoid the work zone during active repairs and proceed with caution through the tunnel during other hours until repairs are complete.

While the trail is closed, visitors can explore some of the 175 miles of interconnected regional trails that make up of the Leafline Trails network in King County. 

The 250-foot-long Wayne Tunnel or “disco tunnel” features a colorful mural “Ebb & Flow”, designed by Seattle-based artist Kristen Ramirez in 2014. Painted with the assistance of volunteers, the mural was inspired by Ramirez’s research about the trail’s history and through conversations and surveys of area residents and trail visitors.


RELEVANT LINKS

King County Parks recreation maps
Wayne Tunnel mural receives national recognition


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543

About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers 205 parks and 32,000 acres of open space, including popular destinations such as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, plus 175 miles of regional trails, 250 miles of backcountry trails, and a world-class aquatic center. We envision parks, trails, and natural lands for all, sustained with the cooperative efforts of our community.