Burien Parks chooses ‘Miller Creek Trail’ as name for new trail in NERA


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Burien Parks on Wednesday (Nov. 20) announced that they have selected “Miller Creek Trail” as the name for the City’s new trail property located in the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), a 158-acre area northwest of Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway.

The trail and its associated greenbelt does double duty protecting property by controlling stormwater runoff.

The city announced in early October that it was seeking new name ideas for the trail, which it was already referring to at the time as “Miller Creek Trail.”

Other suggested names included:

  • Miller Creek Nature Trail
  • Miller Creek Headwaters Trail
  • High Wings Trail
  • Miller High Wings Trail
  • Burien High Wings Trail
  • Fish Trail
  • Pescado Trail
  • Vacca Pumpkin Patch Trail
  • Batcho Trail
  • Lora Lake Trail
  • Salmon Way
  • Salmon Way Trail

Here’s more from the city’s announcement:

In 2010, the Port of Seattle and the City of Burien jointly prepared a redevelopment plan for the NERA area which includes about 55 acres of Port-owned property acquired with FAA funds as part of the noise mitigation program. The City required a shared use path or trail to be developed along the Miller Creek corridor as part of the larger redevelopment of the NERA. The trail will follow the planned Miller Creek greenbelt between Des Moines Memorial Drive and S. 140th Street. The City proposes to construct the trail in 2014 along with the required regional stormwater facilities. The proposed trail will serve two necessary functions by (i) providing ongoing maintenance and operations access to the new stormwater facilities and (ii) providing pedestrian and bicycle access through the NERA consistent with adopted City and regional plans.

Per the City’s naming policy, park or trail names should include a reference to its location, history, natural or geological features, an individual or group who contributed significantly to the acquisition or development of the park, or to an individual who provided an exceptional service in the interest of the park system as a whole.

Under the City’s park-naming policy, public comments are welcomed for the 60-day public notice period, which will end January 20, 2014. Send comments to Burien Parks and Recreation, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98166, ATTN: Park Name Comments, or by e-mail to [email protected] After the sixty-day public notice period, the Parks Board will review the comments and make a final recommendation. The Parks Department will submit the recommended name to the City Council in February 2014. The City Council will make the final decision on the park name.

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