Prairie Line Trail: On eve of grand opening, last-minute touches

Two days before the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) and the City of Tacoma celebrate the grand opening of the first phase of a new urban trail through downtown Tacoma, contractors were putting the finishing touches on a segment of the Prairie Line Trail.

The Prairie Line Trail is an approximately one-mile segment of a former rail corridor that dates back to the late-1800s and stretches from the south end of downtown Tacoma, through the Brewery District and the UWT campus, across Tollefson Plaza and Pacific Avenue (adjacent to the Tacoma Art Museum), and ends at the South 15th Street ramp at Thea Foss Waterway. UWT officials designed a four-block segment of the trail that runs through the school’s campus. The City of Tacoma is designing the other segments of the trail that run between Dock Street and South 17th Street, and South 21st Street to South 25th Street. Last month, the City of Tacoma and BNSF Railway reached an agreement that will help complete the full length of the Prairie Line Trail.

UWT officials will hold a grand opening celebration to mark the opening of the UWT Station segment of the Prairie Line Trail on Thurs., Sept. 25, between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Central Campus Stairs, located at 1900 Commerce St., on the UWT campus. More information is available online here.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index’s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Prairie Line Trail, click on the following links: