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The Burke-Gilman Trail: A 50 Year Retrospective

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | All Events (see all) 6411 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this event has been canceled. To convert your registration fee into a donation, or to request a refund to your original method of payment, please email

Spanning nearly 19 miles between Seattle and Bothell, the Burke-Gilman Trail is as much a thoroughfare for commuting to work and the University of Washington as it is a staple for social recreation and fitness. Built in the 1970s, the trail was among the first “rails-to-trails” adaptations in the country and helped inspire dozens of similar projects around the nation.

Join us in celebrating Preservation Month and National Bike Month as we learn the history of how the Burlington Northern Railway right-of-way was acquired to become the Burke-Gilman Trail. Hear from Sandy Wood (former Burke-Gilman Trail Park Committee Chair), Estell Berteig (Burke-Gilman Trail Park Committee Historical Researcher and Treasurer), and Merrill Hille (Burke-Gilman Trail Park Committee Hike-In Organizer) about their integral roles in transforming the Burlington Northern Railway right-of-way into the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Cost: $20 Members / $25 General Public


Photo: A historic image of the Burke-Gilman Trail, courtesy of MOHAI.


May 2, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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6411 Seaview Ave NW
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