Plan to develop 4-mile trail in Lynnwood awaits funding

LYNNWOOD — A proposal to create a trail connecting Lynnwood’s City Center with Puget Sound is awaiting funding.

The Center to Sound Trail, which was floated in 2015, calls for a route that would stretch about four miles. It would start near the intersection of I-5 and 196th Street SW and end at Snohomish County’s Meadowdale Beach Park. It mostly would follow Scriber Creek and link up existing walkways, according to the city.

The project likely will take place in installments. First, Lynnwood aims to redevelop the Scriber Creek Trail, which runs 1.5 miles from the transit center to Wilcox Park along 196th.

The state capital budget is not yet final. It will be a factor in whether Lynnwood is awarded a $900,000 grant from the Department of Transportation. The city would provide another $225,000. Altogether, that would cover design and engineering, deputy parks director Sarah Olson said.

The city then hopes to work with Sound Transit on that section, she said. Commuters could use the trail getting to and from the light rail station that’s anticipated to open in 2023.

Sound Transit expects the station to serve more than 63,000 riders every weekday by 2035. Lynnwood has been busy thinking of ways to keep commuters moving, especially those on foot or riding bikes.

Additional extensions on the trail will take longer, but someday it could wind through the Meadowdale and Lund’s Gulch neighborhoods to saltwater beach access.

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