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Bike trail expansion connects two parks

May 7, 2015

City of Tacoma officials commemorated completion of phase II of the Water Flume Trail; cyclists can now ride safely between Oak Tree Park and South Park.

“The trail is a critical element in the City's active transportation system,” said Council Member Lauren Walker. "This marks a turning point from vision to reality which is reason for much celebration.”

This project is part of the City’s effort to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along the South Tacoma Way Corridor by restoring the six-and-a-half mile trail. This 1.8 mile portion is anchored at one end by South Park and Oak Tree Park at the other end.

Improvements include construction of ADA accessible curb ramps, traffic signals for safer crossings, reconstruction of hazardous sidewalks, interpretive and wayfinding signs, energy conserving LED lighting, benches and bike racks.

water flume trail photo 2A bike rack will also be added at Oak Tree Park in the near future to encourage riders to get out and explore the hiking trails that Parks & Natural Resources crews and dedicated volunteers have recently restored. Oak Tree features a rare grove of Garry Oak and habitat that supports a variety of birds and wildlife.

Future Expansion:

Phases III and IV between Pine and C Streets are currently in design and will complete the final links in the trail connecting South Tacoma to the Tacoma Dome area, downtown and the Thea Foss Waterway.