A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of Cushman Trail Phase Three and Four at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Borgen Boulevard Trailhead parking area.
Mayor Jill Guernsey will recognize the milestone, a project that has been a joint partnership development of the City of Gig Harbor, Tacoma Public Utilities and Pierce County.
The original design and permitting was completed by Pierce County in 2008. The City of Gig Harbor was able to continue and complete design for the popular trail in 2013. Phase Three provided for the extension of the Cushman Trail from 96th Street to Burnham Drive.
This project extended the Cushman Trail from the current terminus point at 96th Street through the natural surroundings via a 1,300-foot-long pin-pile bridge. This portion is constructed within the Tacoma Public Utilities powerline easement and terminates across Burnham Drive just north of 50th Street, near the entrance to the Little League ballfields.
Phase Four provided for the extension of Cushman Trail from the terminus at Burnham Drive, through a portion of the McCormick Creek Plat development and then following the Tacoma Public Utilities powerline easement via a newly constructed at-grade to a newly constructed trailhead with parking lot and restroom facilities at Borgen Boulevard.
The 6.2-mile trail, which originates at 14th Ave NW, just south of the Gig Harbor city limits, is exclusively for non-motorized uses and features five restrooms along the route, five onsite parking locations, and consists of 12- to 16-foot-wide pervious pavement with 4-foot gravel shoulders. Seating is also available along the trail.
A lighted crosswalk has been installed across Rosedale Street and across the new portion at Burnham Drive.