Georgetown to South Park Connection

Updated: August 1, 2019

Creating a walking and biking connection between Georgetown and South Park

What’s happening now?

The Georgetown to South Park Connection Celebration was a success! Thanks to a partnership with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets, we had about 150 attendees playing games, riding bikes, eating free food, winning raffles, walking the connection, and giving input! 

Event photo

What's next?

We collected about 220 survey responses and additional input at the event. The design team is now compiling it all to determine the preferred route to develop into early design. 

We are currently in the project development phase of the planning phase; next up will be design and construction.

Project Description

We are studying routes that would provide better connections for people biking and walking between the business areas of South Park and Georgetown. The neighborhoods are adjacent to each other but it's not easy to walk/bike between the two. This study will further develop preliminary alternatives for a multi-use trail along a portion of E Marginal Way that the Georgetown Mobility Study explored (see page 43). Current funding covers the project up to 30% design and engineering.

Objective

Create a walkable, bikeable connection uniting the Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods. The connection will enhance walkability between Georgetown and South Park’s historic “Main Streets” and connect the heart of the Duwamish Valley.

Background

We heard the need for better connections between Georgetown and South Park throughout the Georgetown Mobility Study outreach as well as through community advocacy. The Mobility Study focused specific attention on a section of E Marginal Way, where the connection would be technically challenging.

This connection was also identified as important within our Pedestrian Master Plan, Bike Master Plan, Freight Master Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Analysis.

Project area

The study includes a walking/biking connection between South Park and Georgetown on 16th Ave S, E Marginal Way, and potentially on Ellis Ave S/S Albro Pl or Flora Ave S. 

Routes we're studying

Community Outreach

DateDescription
2017 Georgetown Mobility Study (Open house, survey, community meetings, Advisory Committee)
July 2018 Community workshop
May 30, 2019 Table with info at Mayor Community Discussion in South Park
June 7, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Concord Elementary Carnival 
June 11, 2019 Discussion and surveys at South Park Neighborhood Association meeting 
June 12, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Seattle City Light Street Vacation Meeting - Georgetown
June 17, 2019 Discussion and surveys at Georgetown Community Council meeting
June 20, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Home Zones BBQ in South Park
July 9, 2019 Discussion and surveys at Georgetown Merchants Association meeting
July 21, 2019 Table with info and surveys at Duwamish Valley Partnership Open House
July 27, 2019 Georgetown to South Park Connection celebration - 11 AM-2 PM at the South Park Plaza

Funding

City Council approved $600,000 in the 2018 budget for the outreach, planning, and early design of this project. The final design and construction are currently unfunded.

Materials

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