New lot at Duthie Hill Park to be completed in October

July 1, 2014

By Staff

King County Parks will build a new 74-vehicle parking lot at Duthie Hill Park that will serve as the park’s main trailhead and greatly expand parking for the increasingly popular mountain bike park.

The work will begin early this month and should be completed by October.

The parking lot, at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, will include two spaces for truck-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone (handy for large events), plus portable restrooms. Construction won’t require any closures at the park or disruptions to trail users.

A connector trail linking the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road will provide safe access to the park so cyclists will no longer need to ride along adjacent roads to enter the park.

The $850,000 project includes limited tree removal and brief lane closures and flagged reroutes along Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. Specific closure dates and times will be announced as they become available.

In addition to funding from the 2014-2019 King County Parks Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy, the project was made possible in part by a $317,000 grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Duthie Hill Park is at 27101 S.E. Duthie Hill Road.

The park has one small parking lot that will remain open. Additional interim parking has been voluntarily provided by the adjacent Cascade Ridge Elementary School. Once built, the new parking lot and trailhead will serve as the main access point for Duthie Hill Park.

Recognized as one of the best mountain bike parks in the state, Duthie Hill offers six miles of cross country bike trails, two miles of free-ride trails with jumps and built features, a central clearing with a shelter, a kids’ biking area, opportunities for skill building and more. Trail users range from children and first-time riders to expert mountain bikers.

The park was built in partnership with the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance as part of King County Parks’ Community Partnerships and Grants Program.

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