Lakeview Trail

The Lakeview Trail is a one-mile, non-motorized, multi-use paved trail that promotes connectivity and a safe and healthy environment for exercise and non-vehicular commuting. Lakeview Trail extends from the heavily-used, regional Interurban Trail at 228th Street SW to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center and Freeway Station located just east of Interstate 5 at 236th Street SW.
The 12-foot wide, paved Lakeview Trail separates walkers, joggers and cyclists from traffic along beautiful Lakeview Drive. Beginning from the Interurban Trail to the west, Lakeview Trail extends eastward on 228th Street meandering south along scenic Lakeview Drive adjacent to Ballinger Playfield with views of Ballinger Park, Lake Ballinger, and the Nile Shrine Golf Course and continues east along 236th Street, to Interstate 5 where an existing sidewalk continues to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center. 

Trail Benefits
  • Connects the Interurban Trail and the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to encourage walking, cycling and transit in lieu of automobiles.
  • Encourages healthy activities for families and individuals with non-motorized access to recreational opportunities including Ballinger Playfield, Ballinger Park, Lake Ballinger Boat and Fishing Access, Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, and the Nile Shrine Golf Course.
  • Improves a major segment of an east-west pedestrian/bicycle corridor across the city that is bisected by Interstate 5.
  • Extends walking and bicycle connections with existing bike lanes and walking routes to provide better linkage of Snohomish and King Counties.
  • Enhances pedestrian and bicycle safety while providing easier access to recreational opportunities, downtown core/retail, and employment hubs in Seattle and Everett.
  • Links our community to transit facilities and greatly improves access to major employment centers as well as the University of Washington and regional attractions.
Lakeview Trail Map
The Lakeview Trail creates a more vibrant Mountlake Terrace by linking the west and east sides of our city that are separated by Interstate 5. It improves non-motorized access to recreational opportunities with adjacent facilities. From the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, one can walk through Veterans Memorial Park or along 236th Street to downtown Mountlake Terrace that includes the Library, Police & Fire Stations, Post Office, Recreation Pavilion and Pool, local businesses and schools. 

In addition, Lakeview Trail provides convenient access to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center with adjoining Freeway Station to improve connections to downtown Seattle, Everett, University of Washington, and the many amenities the region has to offer. 
Community Participation
Citizen participation was critical to this project, resulting in a new design alternative that was not originally presented in September of 2012. A large audience attended the original open house to discuss facility type alternatives including bike lanes and sidewalks, shared use trail, or cycle track and sidewalk. A major topic of concern was which side of the roadway should have the new facility as thousands of residents live in multi-family and condo housing across from the trail while other residents live adjacent to a section of the roadway not centered within the existing right-of-way.

Additionally, safety concerns about the 236th Street SW and 65th Place W intersection were raised. There was significant agreement to eliminate the existing westbound free right turn and construct a standard tee intersection. None of the alternatives presented for facility type and location met with general approval.

In November of 2012, the operators of Ballinger Golf Course decided to cease operations so additional design options became possible. The City Council discussed future use of the golf course site in late 2012 and early 2013 and ultimately voted to convert the golf course to a passive park and open space facility. Several residents attended these Council meetings to voice their concerns and preferences about use of the site. 

Additional options were developed and presented to the public. Residents expressed a strong preference for a trail on the south and west side of the roadway with the roadway centerline remaining in essentially the same location. Fill slopes for the trail would extend into the property formerly used for a golf course.  In January 2013, the City Council selected the same option preferred by residents at these public meetings. 
Safety Improvements
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons were added at two crosswalks, as well as enhanced signage, new pavement markings, and upgraded bus stops to meet ADA guidelines.

A new traffic signal was installed where the trail crosses from the south side of 236th to the north side at 65th Place W. The traffic signal phasing includes an all-pedestrian phase to eliminate conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles.

Project Funding
Federal funding, totaling over $2 million, provided the majority of the design and construction costs of the project. Additionally, city funding was provided by real estate excise taxes and the Stormwater Utility Fund. The total construction cost of the project was approximately $3,400,000.
Lakeview Trail Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting Event, October 2015
Lacey Harper, Deputy Director of External Affairs for Governor Jay Inslee, spoke on Governor Jay Inslee’s behalf at the event. Governor Inslee played an instrumental role in helping the city secure federal funding for the project when he served as a Representative for the 1st U.S. Congressional District of which Mountlake Terrace was a part of at the time. The Governor attended a ribbon cutting event for the Interurban Trail in Mountlake Terrace back in 2008 and voiced support for the city’s “future” Lakeview Trail that now links the Interurban with the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Other officials at the Lakeview Trail grand opening included Mountlake Terrace City Council, State Representatives Luis Moscoco and Cindy Ryu, County Councilman Terry Ryan, District Director Joe Downes representing Senator Maria Cantwell, former Mountlake Terrace Mayor and County Councilman Dave Gossett, and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.