Celebrate reopening of Burke Gilman Trail on Tuesday

The official grand reopening of the Burke Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park will be celebrated on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a bike ride.

A 2-mile section of the trail was closed between Log Boom Park and 145th Street for about 8 months. It reopened to positive reviews in mid-February.

Work crews contracted by King County widened the trail to 12 feet, improved sight lines, repaved the cracked surface and replaced a series of stop signs with yield signs.

The official reopening is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at NE 165th Avenue and Burke Gilman Trail, near the Sheriden Beach Community Club.

The Burke-Gilman Trail, honored by the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame, rolls some 18- to 20-miles between Golden Gardens Park on the Puget Sound to its connection with the Sammamish River Trail in the east.

Although parts of the trail are 33 years old, one hotly contested section in Ballard has yet to be finished.

See details about the project at the Burke Gilman Trail Redevelopment Project website.

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