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Dow Constantine


Now open: King County leads celebration of four new miles of Eastside Rail Corridor Trail, linking Renton with Bellevue

Summary

Stretching four miles along the eastern shore of Lake Washington from Renton to Bellevue, the southernmost segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail is the newest addition to King County’s world-class regional trail system.

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A four-mile-long portion of King County’s Eastside Rail Corridor Trail linking Gene Coulon Park in Renton to Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue is now open – the newest stretch of trail within the emerging 16-mile-long multipurpose corridor that knits together neighborhoods along Lake Washington’s eastern shoreline.

The new section of interim trail offers connections to the Lake Washington Loop Trail at both ends. It will offer future connections to the Lake-to-Sound Trail and Cedar River Trail, expanding the County’s world-class regional trail system.

King County Executive Dow Constantine was joined at a trail-opening ceremony Saturday by King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Renton Mayor Denis Law, Renton City Councilmembers Ruth Pérez and Ryan McIrvin, and Bellevue Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson.

“We are creating a world-class regional trail network that will connect Eastside and South King County communities and businesses with scenic bike, running, and walking paths,” said Executive Constantine. “This addition to the Eastside Rail Corridor is the longest segment yet, one that people and families in South King County can enjoy for generations.”

The ceremony marked the second portion of interim Eastside Rail Corridor Trail to be opened this year along the corridor that will eventually connect Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville.

In June, community members and County officials celebrated the opening of a mile-long stretch of interim Eastside Rail Corridor Trail from Bellevue north to a connection with the Cross Kirkland Corridor. This portion of the trail facilitates a critical connection to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s State Route 520 trail that connects Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, and Sound Transit’s Link light rail station at Husky Stadium.  

The Eastside Rail Corridor is owned and managed by King County, the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, Sound Transit, and Puget Sound Energy. It was purchased with the goal of developing a shared, uninterrupted multi-use corridor through the spine of east King County.

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We are creating a world-class regional trail network that will connect Eastside and South King County communities and businesses with scenic bike, running, and walking paths. This addition to the Eastside Rail Corridor is the longest segment yet, one that people and families in South King County can enjoy for generations.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

For more information, contact:

Doug Williams, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543


A brisk fall day didn't dampen the enthusiasm for the trail-opening ceremony.
Executive Constantine leads the ceremony to open a new four-mile segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor.
The new section of interim Eastside Rail Corridor trail features connections to the Lake Washington Loop Trail at both ends, and will offer future connections to the Lake-to-Sound Trail and Cedar River Trail, expanding the County's world-class regional trail system.
Eastside rail corridor map
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