The Friends of Jackson Park Trail are pleased to announce that the Jackson Park Golf Course Perimeter Trail is now complete and open for walkers – something many of you in the local neighborhood have already noticed! Now that the weather has improved we encourage you to get out and enjoy all 2.2 miles of the mainly off-the-street trail. Do be aware that there are a few rather steep sections in the northeast and southwest sections, which are not suitable for wheeled vehicles, but will help those on foot to get their hearts pumping!
Now that this incredible trail has been built, we the community can still be involved in its maintenance and improvement. We eventually hope to win enough support that we can modify the section on 145th St to get it away from the busy roadway. Because of the nature of the terrain, this is likely to cost as much as the whole project put together has already. However, FOJPT will be pursuing additional funding for this. We are far more likely to qualify for grants and other funds if we can show that the trail is well-used and well loved. We will be forming regular work parties to pick up litter, remove invasive vegetation, plant native plants, and rebuild weather and wear-damaged sections. If you would like to be involved in these efforts, please contact Junior Kitiona of Seattle Parks at Junior.Kitiona@seattle.gov.
In the meantime, come and enjoy! There have been over 50 different bird species seen in the wooded sections – see if you can spot some of them for yourselves! We ask only that you remember to respect the folks playing golf, and the creatures that live in the forest. If you pack it in, pack it out – including pet poo, please! Help keep your new trail gorgeous. And watch this space for more news on how you can get involved!