image of the burke-gilman trail, wil allowances for pedestrians and cyclists. Says "under construction" with construction sign.

Draft Missing Link EIS is out

FOBGT Annual Meeting Tuesday June 28 to review

On Thursday, June 16th, Seattle Department of Transportation released the long-awaited Draft EIS for the Missing Link sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard. For long time trail supporters, who looked forward to the City completing interim and permanent sections of trail in 2009 (at which time full funding and design was completed) based on City Council resolution 30583 in April 2003, this is just one more small step on what has been an VERY LONG process!

As we at FOBGT digest the 4 alternatives and dig deep into the report, we also want to let you know about a chance to learn more about the DEIS prior to the public meetings. At our Annual Meeting, SDOT staff and consultants will be on hand to review the report. We hope you can join us – spread the word.

We’ll provide some thoughts on the alternatives and suggested approach to comments for trail supporters in the coming weeks. Please sign up for our mail list to make sure you get the latest.

Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 28, 6-7:30 pm   Ballard Eagles Hall    5216 20th Ave NW

Thanks to all for your help with Trail and roadway cleanup!! 

Adopt – A – Trail Clean  Up

Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 9a – 12p

Ben Peterson of Friends of the Burke-GIlman Trail will lead a planned cleanup of our adopted section of the Missing Link, including the BGT near Fred Meyer, NW 45th Street and portions of Shilshole Ave. See information below.

When: Saturday, June 4, from 9 till noon

Where: Gather at the southeast corner of 11th NW and NW 45th Street in Ballard (NW corner of the Fred Meyer parking lot)

What: You’ll be picking up trash on the south side of the road and trail – we will provide gloves, safety vests, trash pickers, bags, and snacks. But bring any supplies or snacks you like

Contact: RSVP please to Ben Peterson,

This site is getting some love, just like the trail: stay tuned!

Want to help with the site? Email us at

The Burke-Gilman Sammamish Trail, commonly referred to by locals is “The Burke,” is a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs through the heart of Seattle, Washington. It is part of the King County Regional Trail System and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and occupies what used to be a the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway corridors.

For two decades, neighbors, businesses and trail users have worked together to complete the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard, filling in the final Missing Link of the trail. Completing this section would mean a seamless, safe path from Golden Gardens Park all the way to the city of Bothell. The city of Seattle recently made improvements by adding a two-way protected bike lane NW 45th Street, and the city is currently conducting an 18-month environmental impact study (EIS) in order to complete the trail. We’re working to expedite this EIS process. More information here.

Where does it go?

The Burke-Gilman segment is managed by the City of Seattle south of NE 145th Street. The trail begins at 11th Avenue NW in Ballard and follows along the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington.At Blyth Park in Bothell the trail becomes the Sammamish River Trail and continues for 10 miles (16 km) to Marymoor Park, Redmond, on Lake Sammamish. With the completion of a connector trail through Marymoor Park in May of 2009, the trail network continues to the city of Issaquah via the East Lake Sammamish Trail. With the addition of the connector, the longest unbroken segment of the trail currently extends 42 miles. It runs 14.1 miles (22.7 km) between Ballard and Tracy Owen Station inKenmore (its initial eastern end), or 17 miles (27 km) to Blyth Park. The Seattle Parks Department considers the Burke-Gilman segment of the trail to end in Kenmore; The total distance from Golden Gardens Park to Bothell, including the proposed “missing link” through Ballard, is 19.8 mi (31.9 km). King County considers that the segments divide in Bothell, Judge Burke and Daniel Gilman‘s original Road east ran past Snoqualmie Falls, before North Bend.