Reminder: City to host presentation on Sunset Walkway project design Wednesday

sunset beforeConfused about plans for Sunset Avenue? The City of Edmonds will be presenting a preliminary design concept for the Sunset Avenue Walkway Project at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

sunset afterThe Sunset Avenue Walkway is being developed to provide an all-weather, ADA accessible and multi-modal (bicycle & pedestrian) route from Bell Street north through Caspers Street with connection to 3rd Avenue North. “The goal of the project is to improve the quality and safety of public access and the enjoyment of Olympic Mountain and Puget Sound views,” the city said in a press announcement Wednesday.

The city secured a $159,000 federal grant to help fund the project design.

The walkway project has generated some controversy, particularly among those living along the scenic roadway. When the issue was discussed during public testimony at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting, speakers expressed concerns that the project would narrow the roadway and put pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters all on a narrow walkway. Because many people currently walk in the roadway, others have stated that the area already is a safety concern.

If you have questions, contact Ed Sibrel at 425-771-0220 or email

  1. From the rendition for the new walkway, it seems that the few parking spaces currently there would be removed. This would eliminate people who would want to just take in the views. This would be totally unacceptable to me.

  2. This is a fabulous idea, long overdue! My friends and family would use this on a regular basis. I love that it would allow people to walk all the way from Marina Beach Park to the north end of town.
    I hope it comes to fruition.

  3. Why would the city of Edmonds spend this much money with s large section of property. that it doesn’t even OWN! The railroad does have a plan for a third track. The liability of a slide here once those guys start disturbing the small amount of integrity of sound solid earth here is high…….This is documented across the country at shorelines……..Rent and then give back whenever doesnt even make sense….What a waste of money……We have been walking here every day and a large amount of the information put out is simply not true…….It certainly makes us question what this is really about……..Also money could be spent more wisely on other repairs here in town such as the sidewalks…..Personally., my partner took a fall on one of those bad areas while walking home from work and has a major injury with a 9 month recovery period…….Another individual might not take it in stride as she has. This was an injury with a lot of pain. Someone going around town with a can of spray paint does not solve this major city problem.

  4. Where will visitors park their vehicles? On a great summer’s day, 25 or so cars are parked along the current curb. Do we then park in the adjoining neighborhoods? If filled from visitor parking, should we then circle the blocks until an opening occurs? What is the proposed solution for parking to the walk the new promenade? Will those living next to the Sunset want this possible scenario to occur? Anyone ask them about increased parking and circulating cars?

  5. I just noticed the above rendering with a child on a bicycle on that cement path. There is no way that Burlington Northern will take on that liability…..That embankment is almost straight down. This would require some type of barrier on that west side of the cement path…….

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