About Us

The Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail is a 501 (c)(4) non- profit group, formed in 1999 by Ballard residents for the purpose of advocating for completion of  the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard. The group formed as continuation of their involvement in the Crown Hill-Ballard Hub Urban Village planning process, which identified completion of the Burke-Gail trail along the rail right-of-way as one of its four priority goals. The Friends coined the term ‘Missing Link’ for the section of trail that remains incomplete – between 11th Ave. NW and NW 45th Street and the Chittenden Locks. Once completed, the trail will extend all the way from Bothell, north of Lake Washington, along the eastern and southern edges of North Seattle, all the way around to Golden Gardens Park.

In the fifteen years since our formation, we’ve worked with other individuals and groups in Ballard and Seattle to conduct business outreach and conduct a rail right of way business survey; met with Mayors, City Council members, state legislators, and business groups to advocate for trail completion; produced a trail design study that demonstrated the feasibility of a ‘rail with trail’ completed Missing Link; represented the voice of trail advocates in Ballard on the Ballard District Council; and continue to advocate for completion of the trail in Ballard, where we live, work, and play.

As we embark on the creation of a new website, which we hope to build into a repository of information and archival material about our trail completion efforts, we also want to celebrate all that is great about ‘The Burke’ – an icon among trails in the Puget Sound region and arguably one of the most famous trails in the nation, not to mention a shared gem at the heart of Seattle’s geography and common cultural fabric. Please check back as we add to our site and build out information that we hope you can use to further your enjoyment of and use of the Burke-Gilman trail. We also welcome any feedback!

To lend your support to our effort, and be kept apprised of updates about the trail, please join our mailing list on the Contact page. We anticipate infrequent emails, and always honor requests to opt out. We will NEVER sell, rent, or share our list with others for any purposes.

Thanks for checking in and see you on the trail.

Kevin Carrabine,
Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail  


Missing Link advocacy sticker, from a previous decade. It's been a long time comin' but we know a change is going to come.

Missing Link advocacy sticker, from a previous decade. It’s been a long time comin’, but we know a change is going to come.