Georgetown + South Park Trail

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Seattle’s southern neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park are a flat, short distance apart. In these adjacent neighborhoods, more than 8,500 people live, 30,000 work, and countless thousands play in parks, schools, festivals, and local establishments. However, due to the lack of safe walking or biking infrastructure they remain two neighborhoods, divided. Most Seattleites wouldn’t think twice about a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride to visit a bank, doctor, or restaurant, but this isn’t the case for many in Georgetown and South Park.

The desire to connect Georgetown and South Park via a shared-use pedestrian path began in the late 90’s. Concerted efforts renewed in 2016 when residents of the two neighborhoods formed Duwamish Valley Safe Streets (DVSS), joining the citywide coalition of volunteer groups working with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG). Drawing on the collective wisdom of planning projects and broad community input, DVSS began stewarding this emerging idea of connecting ‘Main Street to Main Street’ via a Georgetown to South Park Trail (GTSP Trail). This trail would connect Georgetown’s Festival Street to the South Park Plaza, offering numerous benefits:

  • Expand the number of retail services within easy walking and biking distance, fostering a vital and resilient co-neighborhood retail business district!
  • Increase access to the collective stock of public services and amenities located within or nearby Georgetown and South Park’s historic centers (Library, Parks and Open Space, Community Center, Banks and Credit Unions, Food and Clothing social services, groceries, Arts and Youth programs, Festivals and cultural events)!
  • Fosters social inclusion - this trail is free to use, built for all ages and all kids of people!
  • Takes advantage of the river valley’s ultra-flat terrain and Seattle’s growing station-less bike share programs!
  • Using the GT+SP TRAIL instead of a car or bus means exercise, better health and less air pollution!

Regionally, the GTSP Trail has the potential to fill a southern gap, almost completing a protected bicycle network that would connect the Duwamish and Rainier Valleys to the Chief Sealth, Duwamish and Green River trails, and Mountains to Sound Greenway. Such a network would safely connect thousands of people to light rail, critical services, cultural events, and accessible corridors to enjoy recreational opportunities outside the city.

Join your neighbors and Duwamish Valley Safe Streets volunteers and lets BUILD the GT+SP TRAIL!

These organizations have already declared their support for building a GT<->SP Trail, email us to let us know if your organization would like to join the list of supporters!

* Seattle Neighborhood Plans of South Park (1998 page 66) and Georgetown (1999 ­ page 11), Duwamish Valley Vision Map and Report 2009, South Park Green Vision Plan (2014),  Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (2014), Georgetown Open Space Vision Framework (2017), Georgetown Mobility Study (2017),  City of Seattle’s Duwamish Valley Program priorities (2017).