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Seattle’s Bands of Green

Seattle is working to build a trail along its Lake Union, that will increase connectivity between parks and neighborhoods a stone’s throw from downtown. The effort aims to complete a loop around the lake.  An article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer describes that when complete, the result will be the six-mile Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail.

The trail is also part of a larger vision called Bands of Green, recommended by the Seattle Parks Foundation. That plan calls for a series of connections between parks and neighborhoods through new landscaped trails, boulevards and linear parks.

The plan fulfills and goes beyond the vision that the Olmsted Brothers firm laid out over a century ago, but the Foundation relates it to our current problems, stating that “recent efforts to curtail traffic and slow global warming, as well as health studies linking obesity to physical inactivity, point to the need for increased pedestrian and bicycle trail systems. In addition, green connections between parks can enhance urban habitat and can make existing parks and green spaces more viable.”

2 Responses

  1. Greetings from the Emerald City!

    When we get the final master plan finished (in January 09), we’ll try and get them posted to this site.

    Also, to clarify, the original 1903 plan for Seattle’s parks system was created by the Olmsted Brothers, not their dad. Some things get lost in translation… They dreamed of a bike trail around Lake Union, but didn’t include it in their plan. Now that Seattle has surpassed the 500,000 people their plan was intended for, Seattle Parks Foundation is looking ahead to see how we can extend their vision into the next century. Bands of Green is one element of that ideal.

  2. Thanks for the post and the clarification, Todd. We don’t want to give Olmsted senior too much credit 🙂

    When you’ve the final master plan, let us know.

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