Join the City of Tacoma to commemorate the second phase completion of the Pipeline Trail on Saturday, June 8, starting at 10 AM near East 43rd Street and Pipeline Road East in Tacoma. The celebration will start with a trail dedication and a ribbon cutting event with elected officials and special guest speakers. Attendees can then enjoy a guided bike ride or walk on the newly constructed trail.
“Completing the Pipeline Trail has been a decades-long initiative that will be a game changer for the Eastside of Tacoma and the greater region,” said District 4 Council Member Catherine Ushka. “We are gaining an urban trail system that will entice families to experience the health benefits of exploring the outdoors, while providing the community with a safe and accessible walk and bike path when traveling to Eastside community centers. I welcome everyone to join me in utilizing this new path to travel across Tacoma.”
As part of the event, the City will also hold a free helmet fitting and give-a-way for all ages from 9:30 – 10 a.m., available while supplies last. It is suggested that attendees park at the trailhead at East 40th Street and make their way down the trail to the event location at East 43rd Street.
The project celebration is a culmination of many years of planning and capital funding by the City, Tacoma Water, Tacoma Metro Parks, and Pierce County for a multiphase 14.5-mile trail project connecting the Tacoma Dome Station with the Foothills Trail.
The second phase of the Pipeline Trail is a 2.4-mile contiguous shared use path starting at Pipeline Road East at East 48th Street and ending at East D Street at the Tacoma Dome Station. Phase II of the project included new sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, new LED lighting, signage for safety and wayfinding, a permanent bicycle counter, and bike compatible crossing beacons.
Pipeline Trail Phase III is the final section of the trail in the City and is fully funded for construction. The project will extend the completed trail starting at East 56th Street and Pipeline Road East to the intersection of 72nd Street East and Waller Road East in unincorporated Pierce County. Work on this last trail segment is coordinated with Tacoma Water and it is planned to begin in late June 2019.