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Seward Park Comprehensive Trail Plan

Seattle, Washington

Public process, development of trails standards, master planning

Completed 2009

Friends of Seward Park

Funded by a Department of Neighborhoods grant, the Friends of Seward Park selected Johnson+Southerland worked with the Friends of Seward Park and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation develop a comprehensive trails plan for Seward Park. Historically, naturally and recreationally significant, the 88-acre park poses questions for public discussion such as how to maximize public access while protecting sensitive natural resources, introducing accessible trails, and what are appropriate details for trails ranging from primitive to urban promenades. An innovation in the document is the establishment of a “Primitive Trail” standard, new to Seattle Parks. View the completed comprehensive trails plan here. J+S used paper and web-based questionnaires, site tours and public meetings to develop a plan that has community support. We have since helped develop and implement wayfinding signage and the Earthquake Scarp Trail.