Health & Wellness, Transportation

New 3-Mile “Link to Lake” Walking Trail in the Works

COLUMBIA CITY – A new walking route is being developed to make it safer and easier to access Rainier Community Center and the surrounding park lands on foot.

Sound Steps – a free community-based walking program for adults age 50+ – is spearheading the project after conducting a pedestrian audit in September 2010.

“The goal of the audit was to investigate the area around Rainier Community Center with pedestrians in mind – seeing what positive things are in place, and what improvements could be made to make it safer and easier to access Rainier Community Center and the surrounding park lands on foot,” said Sound Steps spokesperson Marigrace Becker.

The audit included representatives from community members, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Health, the Rainier Chamber, Neighborcare Health and Hawthorne Elementary School.

The result of the audit was a report detailing highlights of the area as well as necessary improvements, as well as the decision to develop a “conceptual walking trail” that makes use of the various paved walking paths that are already in place in Columbia and Genesee Parks, plus a network of sidewalks that will ultimately promote health/walking and encourage greater use of area parks and Columbia City Business District.

Sound Steps will be hosting a preview of the “Link to Lake” trail walk on Wed., Nov 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. The group will meet at Columbia City Station on the east side of MLK Jr. Way S., at S. Edmunds St. and walk to Lake Washington, returning to Columbia City to enjoy snacks at Tutta Bella.

The three-mile round trip walk will be co-led by Rainier Chamber Executive Director Susan Davis.

“As our urban landscape changes, we learn to navigate new paths and experiences and by doing so we grow in how we understand our community,” said Davis. “On Wednesday, I will share my stories of what’s happening in our community, as well as hear new stories from this engaged and concerned neighborhood group.”

RSVP to Mari Becker (684-4664 or

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3 Comments on "New 3-Mile “Link to Lake” Walking Trail in the Works"

Mari Becker
4 years 3 days ago

Thanks for the great article!

@Real Rainier Valley Girl: You make a great point, and pedestrian-scale lighting within Genesee Park and along the Link to Lake path is definitely part of our long-term goal. We’d love to have your involvement as we move forward – feel free to be in touch at

Real Rainier Valley Girl
4 years 5 days ago

Nice idea, but won’t be utilized after 4 pm in the winter if this walking trail is not well lit. The Chief Sealth Trail that runs from Rainier Beach to Beacon Hill goes unused after dark with the little-to-no lighting and anecdotal reports of muggings.

4 years 10 days ago

What a wonderful thing and benefit to our community! While you are meeting at the CCity Station, look west one block towards the beautiful stand of Bigleaf Maples and know that there is great things happening in our neighborhood woods as well! Forest restoration and trail building work are making these forests safe and accessible for our community!