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Temporary Trail Re-Route - 9/20 & 9/21:

On September 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail near 190th Pl SE will be closed due to the installation of a storm sewer at a nearby residence. A short detour around the work site will available, look for signs along the trail indicating detour route.

Tree Removal - 9/22:

On Thursday, September 22, crews will remove several trees along the East Lake Sammamish Trail at SE 33rd St and Waverly. The trail will remain open during this work, but please use caution and look out for flaggers, cones and construction signage.

Thank you for your patience on the East Lake Sammamish Trail this week. Please use extra caution when passing through the above re-route.


Shoreline Management Board rules in favor of ELST South Sammamish Segment A

Click here to read the Board's rulings in full.


Construction Update

Inglewood Hill Parking Lot will be closed starting July 18. The City of Sammamish will use the parking Lot for a temporary construction office and to stage construction materials and equipment for the Inglewood Hill Stormwater project. The parking lot will reopen in March 2017. 

 

During construction:

  • Trail access will be maintained.
  • Public restrooms will remain open.
  • Alternate  trail parking can be found at the City of Sammamish parking lot located across from Sammamish Landing Park located at 4607 East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE.

 

For questions about the city of Sammamish use of the parking lot and their project please contact Tawni Dalziel, P.E., Project Manager, at tdalziel@sammamish.us or 425-295-0567.


East Lake Sammamish Trail – Federal Court Ruling in King County’s Favor

On April 20, Federal District Court Judge Marsha J.Pechman ruled in King County’s favor on property ownership and use issues within the East Lake Sammamish Trail (ELST) corridor. The ruling recognizes that King County possesses all property rights in the ELST corridor that were previously owned by BNSF.  Along substantial portions of the ELST, King County owns the corridor in fee.  Where the railroad acquired corridor property by “adverse possession” over 100 years ago, King County currently owns a “railroad easement” that is 100’ wide (subject to prior legal settlements or BNSF property sales).  Even where King County’s ownership is limited to a railroad easement, this robust form of ownership allows for “the exclusive use and possession of the area on, above, and below the surface of the corridor.”  The federal court’s recognition of King County’s property rights in the ELST corridor is important because it allows the County to move forward with completing the last section of the ELST, known as South Sammamish B.” Once constructed, this “golden-spike” segment will complete the 44-mile regional trail corridor from Ballard to Issaquah for public use and enjoyment.

 

Judge Pechman ruling


South Sammamish B
SE 33rd St to Inglewood Hill Road

For the next several months consultants will be out on the trail corridor collecting data. One set of data that will be collected is information on existing trees within the County’s right of way. All significant trees within 40 feet of the centerline of the trail will be tagged with a number. Significant trees are defined as coniferous trees with a diameter of 8 inches or greater and deciduous trees with a diameter of 12 inches or greater. This tag is for identification purposes only.

 

Notice of Entry Letter

Right of Entry

 

For questions, please contact the project hotline at 1-888-668-4886 or project email at ELST@kingcounty.gov.

South Sammamish Segment A
SE 43rd Way to SE 33rd St

King County Parks is encouraged by the City of Sammamish Hearing Examiner's rulings on the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the South Sammamish Segment A. During the appeal process, the County and City worked together to resolve many of the outstanding issues involving the permit, and we look forward to continuing this cooperation in the next segment of the trail. We remain committed to building a safe and accessible regional trail for the benefit of all King County residents and to doing so in a way that minimizes impacts to trailside neighbors.

 

Construction of the trail and removal of encroachments will not begin until all permits are issued, administrative appeals are exhausted, and a contract is awarded pursuant to the County's procurement process. We anticipate construction of South Sammamish Segment A to begin in the fall of 2016.

 

City of Sammamish Decision (07/07/2015)

King County Appeal (07/31/2015)

King County Appeal City of Sammamish Shoreline (07/28/2015)

King County ELST Pre-hearing Brief (12/09/2015)


ELST_map 

ELST trail webpage


Quick Links

North Sammamish newsletter (March 2016)

Video describing project's scope and completion

Click to subscribe for ELST alerts



Questions? Comments?
Hotline: 1-888-668-4886
Email: ELST@kingcounty.gov
www.parksfeedback.com


For Neighbors

Special Use Permit

Landscaping in King County Right-of-Way

For Visitors
Parking, access points and restrooms along the trail (PDF)

Project Document Quick Links

Location: SE 43rd Way to SE 33rd St- approx 1.2 miles

Construction update: This segment is currently in final design and permit review.

Construction of the trail and removal of encroachments will not begin until all permits are issued, administrative appeals are exhausted and a contract is awarded pursuant to the County’s procurement process. The earliest date that construction of Segment A could begin is April 2016.

Funding for this segment is provided by the voter-approved 2008-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy and voter-approved the 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy. King County Parks is eligible for an additional $1.25 million in grant funding from federal and state sources.

See below for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

Recent Activity


Design:

Public Outreach:

Public Outreach Summary (January 2015)

Neighborhood Meeting Summaries:

ELST Project Brochure/FAQ (Spring 2014)

Construction Updates:

News Release Archives:

Technical Reports:

Critical Areas Study (Dec 2014)
Technical Information Report (Dec 2014)

  • Appendix A: Drainage Plans, Profiles and Detail Sheets
  • Appendix B: Drainage Problems and Complaints
  • Appendix C: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Calculations
  • Appendix D: Operations and Maintenance Requirements
  • Appendix E: Geotechnical Report, Modret Technical Memorandum, and Daily Field Report
  • Appendix F: Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

Guides:

SE 33rd St to Inglewood Hill Road - approx 3.6 miles  

This segment is currently in design.

Funding for this segment has been provided by the voter-approved 2008-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy and voter-approved the 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Click here for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

Recent Activity

187th to Inglewood Hill Rd - 2.6 miles

Redevelopment of the North Sammamish segment began in April 2014 and wrapped up in June 2015. Take a peek at the new trail segment in this video.

As part of this project, Parks planted 1,150 trees and more than 11,000 shrubs, and 5 fish passable culverts which will help improve water quality and enhance habitat for the Lake Sammamish Kokanee, a species of concern. Funding for this segment was provided by the voter-approved 2008-2013 Open Space and Trails Levy and voter-approved the 2014-2019 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy. Other funding included the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and the state Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Click here for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

NE 70th St to 187th Ave NE - 1.2 miles

This segment was completed in November 2011. The redeveloped trail features a 77-stall parking lot between NE 65th and NE 70th streets. View photos of the November 7, 2011 ribbon cutting ceremony here.

Click here for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

 

SE 43rd Way to Gilman Blvd - 2.2 miles

This segment was completed in June 2013. View photos of the June 12, 2013 ribbon cutting ceremony here.

Click here for links to construction plans, newsletters, reports and other project documents.

Inglewood Hill: Located just north of Inglewood Hill Road, off of East Lake Sammamish Parkway, this parking lot will provide space for up to 24 vehicles, including ADA accessible spaces, as well as a restroom, covered bicycle parking, and a pedestrian/bicycle ramp to access the trail. Design began in fall 2014, with construction anticipated in 2017.

SE 33rd St: This parking lot will provide approximately 30 parking spaces and a restroom. Design is anticipated to begin in 2017, with construction anticipated in 2018.

Special Use Permit

A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for private use of King County property pursuant to King County Code 14.30. Residents adjacent to ELST who wish to install and maintain landscaping within King County's right-of-way may obtain pre-approval from King County Parks prior to applying for a new SUP or amending an existing SUP.

Download the Pre-Application Form and Instructions.
Download the SUP application form.


Landscaping in the King County Right-of-Way

King County Parks recommends the use of native plants and plant types specified in the Regional Trails System Development Guidelines, Landscape Characterization Study. To learn more about the benefits of native plants, visit King County's GO NATIVE website.


About the ELST

The East Lake Sammamish Master Plan Trail (ELST) includes design and construction of an alternative, non-motorized transportation corridor and a multi-use recreational trail along 11 miles of the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad corridor on the east side of Lake Sammamish from Redmond to Issaquah. The trail will provide access to recreation, employment and retail in the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah.

The ELST is the missing link in a 44-mile urban regional trails system linking Puget Sound in Seattle to the hub of east King County and on to the Cascade Foothills.

This project has developed in two stages:

Interim Use Trail and Resource Protection Plan: The Interim Use Trail, which was completed in 2006, originally extended south from NE 70th Street in Redmond to Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah and features a crushed gravel surface.

Master Plan Trail: The ELST is being constructed in phases as funding allows. Construction includes a 12-foot-wide asphalt trail with two-foot soft surface shoulders and one-foot clear zones on each side of the trail. Other elements include: retaining walls, improved intersections/traffic controls, improved drainage systems, fish passable culverts, bollards, native landscaping, fencing and other trail amenities. The Master Plan Trail also includes plans to construct a total of three parking lots (2 with restrooms) at NE 70th St in Redmond (completed), Inglewood Hill in Sammamish and SE 33rd St in Sammamish.

Read the project timeline.

ELST Open Houses (March 2014)

King County hosted four open houses in March 2014 to share information about the design of the South Sammamish segment and construction of the North Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

Materials presented at open houses:


Project Manager

Gina Auld, Capital Project Manager
King County Parks and Recreation Division, Department of Natural Resources and Parks
201 S Jackson St, Ste 700
Seattle, WA 98104-3854