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Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail open house – Trail features update

Trail features update

The project team is continuing to design the Tacoma to Puyallup (T2P) Regional Trail to ensure trail users of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are comfortable, feel safe, and enjoy the trail. We are also working closely with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to incorporate tribal history and culture into the narrative of the trail and the trail character.

Our last online open house gathered feedback on community priorities for design features including:

  • Gateways: trail entrances or destinations from the trail
  • Overlooks/education: places for people to stop, observe, and learn about their surroundings
  • Wayfinding details: additional details added to trail signage
  • Site furnishings: trail furniture like benches and bike racks

We used community feedback to create typical layouts that set general expectations for features included at each location.

Typical Overlook Layout

Graphic layout showing what a typical overlook could look like, with places you might take a minute to rest, meet up with someone, or learn about a special feature of the history, culture, or natural environment

Overlooks are generally located in areas that would be visible from nearby roadways. This layout shows a typical overlook, with places you might take a minute to rest, meet up with someone, or learn about a special feature of the history, culture, or natural environment. Overlooks may include accessible seating, interpretive signage, and other features.

Typical Wayfinding and/or Gateway Layout

Graphic showing a layout intended to be at major decision points, entrances to the trail, places you might take a minute to rest, meet up with someone, or just pause

This layout is intended to be at major decision points, entrances to the trail, and places you might take a minute to rest, meet up with someone, or just pause. The design will focus on accessibility for seating, signage, and other features.

Gateway layouts may offer a larger space that could include picnic areas, benches, and other features like public art. The design and implementation these gateway elements would be developed further by local jurisdictions.