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March 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Improved Burke-Gilman Trail segment officially open

The stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail that had been closed north from NE 145th St. to Logboom Park is now open. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The most widely used trail in King County, the Burke-Gilman Trail, was formally re-opened in a ceremony on Tuesday that drew local dignitaries and “swarms” of bicyclists, according to a Department of Natural Resources and Parks news release.

The oldest segment of the trail, a 2.2 mile section that runs through Lake Forest Park from Northeast 145th Street to Logboom Park, had been closed for improvement and redevelopment since June, 2011. Since then, the trail was widened and repaved and soft shoulders and better street crossings and lighting were added, the parks department said in a news release.

The improved trail segment had been re-opened unofficially since February 10, but the ceremony on Tuesday made it official.

The trail runs from Seattle’s Shilshole Bay area to Kenmore and then connects with the county’s Sammamish River Trail and continues through Woodinville and into Redmond.

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