Pedestrian Access Improvements Coming to South Park along 8th Ave S

Next week, the South Park Community Council and SDOT staff will host an open house to talk to neighbors about upcoming pedestrian safety improvements on 8th Ave S, between S Southern and S Sullivan Streets. The large maple trees along the corridor are some of South Parks’ grandest street trees, but their root systems have caused significant uplifts in the adjacent sidewalk making it challenging for people to travel on them.

Southg Park Sidewalk

This spring SDOT will improve these conditions by implementing a provisional walking path along the east side of 8th Ave S to add safety and comfort for people of all ages and abilities, increase predictability for all travelers, while preserving on-street parking and critical street tree canopy.

Three possible design options will be presented to community members so they can provide comments on all of them. Once their comments are turned in, reviewed and addressed, SDOT staff will incorporate technical data to select the most promising option and begin its design phase. SDOT is also investigating alternatives that provide accessible features for pedestrians with disabilities. Regular updates on the progress and implementation schedule will be shared with the South Park Community Council and announced via the project website.

Join us Tuesday January 12 at the South Park Neighborhood Center 8201 10th Avenue South from 6 to 6:45 PM, where a formal presentation will be given at 6:15 PM. After the open house you may also attend the South Park Neighborhood Association meeting which is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.

Comments and questions about these improvements can also be made directly by contacting Adan Carrillo, Community Outreach Specialist at adan.carrillo@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8105.

Materials presented at the open house, as well as comment forms can also be downloaded from the project website. Comment forms can be mailed to Adan Carrillo at P.O. Box 34996 Seattle, WA 98124-4996 or emailed to adan.carrillo@seattle.gov by Tuesday January 26.