UPDATE on moving forward with E Howe Street Park / Pedestrian Connection

See previous post in April 2012.

East Howe Street Park / Stairs and Pedestrian connection

We made significant progress on the establishment of this Park / Pedestrian connection when the Department of Planning made it a requirement of the developer at 1818 Fairview Avenue East to construct improvements including sidewalk, street trees, utilities as the standard required under state law.

The Wallingford Steps, are very similar in design to what we are striving for in the new East Howe Street Park / Pedestrian Walkway / connection between Eastlake Avenue East and Fairview Avenue East.

The starting point for the vision will somewhat depend on what the developer is proposing. If they looked at (or are willing to provide) a larger vision beyond their legally required development standards that will be a good thing.  

Where ever the developer’s vision ends, then that is one place we should start for developing the neighborhood vision.  If the developer is only planning a city standard sidewalk and stair, that is our starting point.

The property on which the project is located is a public street right of way that the community has long expressed a desire to develop as a pedestrian connection.  We would utilize the 30 foot wide East Howe right of way between Eastlake Avenue East and Fairview Avenue East. 


This connection would allow access from Capitol Hill through Colonnade Park to Fairview Ave E and the east shoreline of Lake Union where there are four public waterfront parks, connections to other trails around Lake Union, through South Lake Union to downtown, and north to the Burke Gilman Trail.


Most of the space of the East Howe ROW is open and ready for use as a walkway.  The neighborhood has already secured some of the needed labor, materials, financial and sweat equity for the development of the remaining approximate 75 foot section that needs work.  In addition, the developer of a property immediately adjacent to the Howe Street right of way has offered support for the design and construction of pathway.  The developer will contribute labor, materials and equipment for the clearing and grading of the undeveloped portion of the right of way.  He will also be required to contribute some minimum standard sidewalk, curbs and gutters and utilities as per required DPD directives. 


The community members of Eastlake will contribute additional funds and labor in support of the construction of this walkway.   Please sign up to help us show the city our support of this project so that our pledge of support can be used as match to secure additional grants and awards to pay for the balance of the project.


This public walkway plan has long been approved as one of the primary goals in the Seattle City Neighborhood Plan for the Eastlake neighborhood.


We are now turning our efforts toward raising the necessary funds to build this Park / Walkway / Stairs to the standards that will make it a place for the use and enjoyment of all our Eastlake residents.


Please contact me if you can pledge your support for this project.


Your neighbor,

Brian Ramey