Public invited to see final design of Prairie Line Trail segment that connects Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue to the waterfront

Staff writerJuly 8, 2014 

After city staff negotiated a deal to acquire 20 feet of BNSF right of way to complete the Prairie Line trail, it realized that the route is encumbered by this 70-square-foot billboard with a lifetime easement. The design of this segment of the trail has been finalized, and the public is invited to an open house to see it.

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Come check out the final design of the Prairie Line Trail segment that will connect Pacific Avenue to the waterfront.

The City of Tacoma will hold an open house Thursday (July 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., the city announced in a news release Tuesday.

The Prairie Line Trail is a mile-long linear park that will run through downtown Tacoma on the site of former railroad tracks. It will have trails for biking and walking. The University of Washington Tacoma is building its segment now.

The Pacific Avenue-to-waterfront segment has had some changes from the conceptual ideas to the engineered designs, according to the city’s news release.

“Most changes are minor, but some, such as an added retaining wall along Hood Street, will create a different look,” said Engineering Manager Chris Larson in the release. “This is an opportunity for people to find out what’s new and learn about the future trail.”

The city plans to build this section of trail by next summer.

Kathleen Cooper: 253-597-8546 @KCooperTNT

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