Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan Starts Soon

Aubrey Davis Park
Aubrey Davis Park
Aubrey Davis Park is a 90+ acre, 2.8 mile long recreation and transportation facility straddling Interstate 90 on Mercer Island.  The land is owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City of Mercer Island (City).  A key facility of the park is the Mountains to Sound Trail which links Bellevue and Seattle.  The park facilities are approximately 25 years old.  Capital reinvestment needs, regional growth, demographic trends, the construction of East Link light rail and King County Wastewater’s North Mercer Sewer Upgrade have contributed to the need for planning services for this park.  WSDOT and the City are jointly developing this master plan, with the City acting as lead agency.  

You can help shape the master plan by participating in surveys and meetings. To be added to the plan’s email list, send an email to paul.west@mercergov.org.

Volunteers needed Sept. 25-27 to count people who walk and ride bikes

Each year, the number of people who choose to walk, ride bicycles or take other active travel means as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington. How do we know? Volunteers annually count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles at selected locations during a three-day survey. For those who would like to help, volunteer registration is now open for this year’s survey, which starts Tuesday, Sept. 25.  
This data informs the transportation decision making at all levels.  Volunteers are vital to the success of this project:  about 400 people are needed for the count.  For the 2017 count, volunteers tallied more than 63,500 people biking and walking in communities across Washington. In 2017, the number of people who walked, biked or used other active modes increased 4 percent over the 2016 count.