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Prairie Line Trail: Construction, Art, Business, Friends

There is a lot going on for the Prairie Line Trail!

If you’ve walked/biked/ridden/driven through downtown lately, you’ve likely seen construction along Hood Street and the Tacoma Art Museum: This is the Prairie Line Trail, Phase 1 project, and it’s scheduled to open later this spring! Not to be confused with the UW’s portion of the trail that was completed in spring 2015, this project connects an important part of Tacoma’s history to the water.

In addition, the City is working with the arts community and stakeholders to incorporate the historical nature of the railroad, the project, and the people it has touched into the trail with signage and public art.

DOTG is tracking progress on the city’s Phase 2, which will extend south of UW Tacoma to 25th street. While the city does not currently have funding for construction for this segment, conceptual designs are ready to go. This project is also highlighted on DOTG’s Bicycle Advocacy agenda for 2017; this project is an economic driver for the brewery district as well as a major connector for the bicycle network of Tacoma and Pierce County.

Friends of the Prairie Line Trail
Friends of the Prairie Line Trail is an existing group, with new energy for the completed trail and the activities it will attract. We hope to see the trail become a major destination, a major connection, and something all Tacomans will be proud of.

Friends of the Prairie Line Trail is a broad, community-based coalition that is dedicated to promoting and protecting the trail, coordinating its use, providing information about the trail, and advocating for connections to the trail throughout the community.”

Those interested in getting involved should contact Kristina Walker.

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