A four-mile-long portion of King County’s Eastside Rail Corridor Trail linking Gene Coulon Park in Renton to Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue is now open – the newest stretch of trail within the emerging 16-mile-long multipurpose corridor that knits together neighborhoods along Lake Washington’s eastern shoreline.
The new section of interim trail offers connections to the Lake Washington Loop Trail at both ends. It will offer future connections to the Lake-to-Sound Trail and Cedar River Trail, expanding the County’s world-class regional trail system.
This marked the second portion of interim Eastside Rail Corridor Trail to be opened this year along the corridor that will eventually connect Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville.
In June, community members and County officials celebrated the opening of a mile-long stretch of interim Eastside Rail Corridor Trail from Bellevue north to a connection with the Cross Kirkland Corridor. This portion of the trail facilitates a critical connection to the Washington State DOT State Route 520 trail that connects Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, and Sound Transit’s Link light rail station at Husky Stadium.
The Eastside Rail Corridor is owned and managed by King County, the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, Sound Transit, and Puget Sound Energy. It was purchased with the goal of developing a shared, uninterrupted multi-use corridor through the spine of east King County.