Georgetown to South Park Connection

Updated: October 1, 2019

Creating a walking and biking connection between Georgetown and South Park

What’s happening now?

In summer 2019, we collaborated with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets to spread the word about the project and collect input from neighbors on the preferred route. Approximately 400 people participated in sharing feedback and 6 community groups wrote formal letters of support. Based on the input from the survey and community groups, our design team is moving forward with developing early design by the end of 2019 focused on the following route (see map):

  • Georgetown Connection: A walking/biking path on Ellis Ave S, S Albro Pl, and 13th Ave S
  • E Marginal Way S Connection: A walking/biking path or two-way protected bike lane on the north side of E Marginal Way S
  • South Park Connection: One-way protected bike lanes on both sides of 16th Ave S leading to the South Park Bridge

Event photo

Photo: The Georgetown to South Park Connection Celebration was one of the ways we collected input. 

Project Description

We're studying a better connection 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 2017 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 2017 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 is also identified as important within our Pedestrian Master Plan, Bike Master Plan, Freight Master Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Analysis.

In summer 2019, we collaborated with Duwamish Valley Safe Streets to spread the word about the project and collect input from neighbors on which route we should take to early design. Approximately 400 people participated in sharing feedback and 6 community groups wrote formal letters of support. Based on the input from the survey and community groups, our design team is moving forward with developing early design by the end of 2019 focused on the following route (see map):

  • Georgetown Connection: A walking/biking path on Ellis Ave S, S Albro Pl, and 13th Ave S
  • E Marginal Way S Connection: A walking/biking path or two-way protected bike lane on the north side of E Marginal Way S
  • South Park Connection: One-way protected bike lanes on both sides of 16th Ave S leading to the South Park Bridge

See full outreach summary and results map for more details. 

Project area

The study includes a walking/biking connection between South Park and Georgetown on 16th Ave S, E Marginal Way, and Ellis Ave S/S Albro Pl/13th Ave S. 

Preferred route

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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