Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Seattle PI: West Seattle puts feet first with Brandon Trail

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West Seattle puts feet first with Brandon Trail
Gravel path now usable year-round

Last updated June 16, 2008 10:07 p.m. PT
By NOEL LYN SMITH P-I REPORTER

Pedestrians traveling on Southwest Brandon Street in West Seattle now have a safe alternative to the busy street.

The newly developed Brandon Trail, a 3-foot-wide gravel path, is replacing the narrow, dirt trail that was used by residents.

"There's no sidewalk on Brandon. People were naturally walking to a safer place to avoid traffic," said Lesa Russell, project manager at Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The community will celebrate the project's completion Saturday.

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"As soon as the trail was graveled, there was evidence of foot work on the trail, so it's being utilized," she said.

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The project cost $19,800 and was funded by a grant from Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods and King County.

Brandon Trail is a connecting trail for the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, a 4.2-mile pedestrian trail that links West Seattle resources such as community centers, schools, parks and businesses.
Parts of Longfellow have gravel paths that guide the user through forest areas and onto neighborhood streets before connecting to other park areas, including Camp Long and Greg Davis Park.

"They provide a connection to nature," said Jay Mirro, lead volunteer for the Brandon Street natural area work party.

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Feet First, a pedestrian advocacy organization that supports creating walkable communities, developed the "Neighborhoods on Foot" map, which outlines bike routes, bus routes and trail networks throughout West Seattle.

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Feet First also is working to have the map available in the future at kiosks along the trail.

IF YOU GO

The Brandon Trail Renovation Celebration is 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Southwest Brandon Street and 26th Avenue Southwest.

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P-I reporter Noel Lyn Smith can be reached at 206-448-8161 or noelsmith@seattlepi.com.

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