Parkland Community Trail Design

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Project Updates

Thank you for your continued interest in the Parkland Community Trail Project. We appreciate the calls and emails over the past few months as we transitioned from the Conceptual Design Phase of this project.


What's new with the Trail:

  • Parkland Community Trail Report: Take a look at the Parkland Community Trail Alternative Evaluation and Conceptual Design Report. This report gives an overview of the project and the decision points to date, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities moving forward.

What's Next?

  • We are gearing up to begin detailed design which will take us through the rest of 2020 and 2021.

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About the Project

The Parkland Community Trail will connect Parkland neighborhoods to five schools, three Pierce County parks, and Pacific Lutheran University. The Parkland Community Trail will provide a safe route for people of all ages to get around in an area that currently has few sidewalks or bike lanes.

The proposed route connects 129th St S along the south edge of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), heads south along 8th Avenue South, connects to Yakima Ave S via 135th Street South, then travels down Yakima Avenue South to connect to Sprinker Recreation Center and Bresemann Forest. The trail design combines on and off-street trail types, depending on the location along the route. We are designing the trail on public right-of-way to minimize property impacts. 

The proposed route will follow either 8th Avenue South from 129th Street South to Spanaway Regional Park area and will connect the following schools and parks:

  • Washington High School
  • Keithley Middle School
  • Gates Alternative High School
  • Brookdale Elementary School
  • Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) 
  • Parkland Prairie
  • Gonyea Playfield
  • Spanaway Regional Park (Sprinker Recreation Center, Bresemann Forest, and Spanaway Park)

Public outreach for this project began the summer of 2019.

Where will the trail take me?

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Parkland Community Trail proposed route | Click to enlarge

Outreach Summary

Pierce County Parks is working to bring a bike and pedestrian pathway to connect Parkland families to schools and parks. The project team completed a variety of outreach efforts from January through May of 2020 to inform people about the project and solicit feedback which is detailed in the following Community Feedback Summary:

Project Contact

Brianne Blackburn
Trails Coordinator
(253) 798-4261 | email