Plans are moving ahead to extend the Guemes Channel Trail. Early design work will soon start on lengthening the trail by more than a mile-and-a-half, thanks to action just taken by the City Council.
The Council Monday night approved contracts with Seattle landscape design firm MacLeod Reckord to do what’s called 30-percent design work on phase 2, at the west end of the current trail and phase 6 at the east end of the current trail.
Phase 2 will extend the trail to the state ferry landing, while phase 6 will extend the trail to the Guemes Ferry landing, a section that is expected to be very challenging because so much of the land along the route is privately owned.
The price tag for the two contracts is nearly $200,000,with funds coming from the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Transportation. The contract is for $78,967.43 for phase 2 work and $106,029.69 for phase 6 work.
The plan calls for the Guemes Channel Trail to eventually extend to Washington Park.