Lately I have been asked by many Ballard residents about the status of the Missing Link, here is the latest update.
"Though the funding and the right-of-way have been secured and the majority of our community (including residents and businesses) looks forward to the vibrant, connected pathways the completed trail will provide, a small group of businesses continues to drag this out in court – costing Cascade and the City of Seattle tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
For details on the legal back-and-forth, you can visit our blog at www.cascade.org. Suffice it to say, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we expect the City to be able to break ground no later than next year.
But we must keep the legal pressure on to win – and we need your help.
The City is doing a great job defending the trail, but it’s crucial that Cascade represents the cycling community, too. Our lawyer, a cyclist himself, has been more than generous, but we still expect to rack up more than $15,000 in legal fees this year in our fight to complete the Missing Link.
I’m asking you to stay the course with us and join me in giving to the Burke-Gilman Trail Legal Defense Fund to support this effort.
As a community, in Ballard and beyond, we are making huge strides getting new people out onto bikes. More families than ever are biking to work and school. On weekends, families on cargo bikes, kids with training wheels and people of all ages and skill levels take to the trail to get around. Yet those families and inexperienced riders are being forced to navigate sidewalks, railroad tracks, and unsafe routes – often with devastating consequences.
This is from one of the Cascade Board Members.
I will be at the Farmers Market this Sunday and I will have envelopes that you can have to send in a donation to support this effort and a free sticker. :)
Let's get together and make the completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail a reality.