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Prairie Line Trail Phase 2

Project Overview

Design work on this phase of the trail was completed in 2016. Following design completion the City pursued grant funding to construct the project in 2016 and 2018. Unfortunately each attempt was unsuccessful. The City will continue to pursue grant funding for the project as opportunities arise to fund the estimated $7 million needed for construction.
This project will complete an important link in Tacoma’s non-motorized system, connecting the waterfront to downtown with multiple city and regional trails.  Traversing the steep hills of Tacoma is a challenge. The gentle grade of this former rail corridor provides an easier walking and cycling alternative.  Construction of this multi-use path includes wayfinding, lighting, stormwater improvements, landscaping, public art, and amenities.  The second phase of the project is located along the former BNSF rail line running between South 21st Street and South 25th Street.Board 1

Project Description

Phase II of the Prairie Line Trail will construct a multi-use trail varying from 11 to 14 feet wide between South 21st Street and South 25th Street along the former BNSF right of way on what is also referred to as Hood Street. The project will incorporate a hardscape path, lighting, amenities, signage, and plantings.

The trail will be 11 feet wide between South 21st Street and South 23rd Street and 14 feet wide between South 23rd and South 25th Street.
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Outreach and Public Involvement

  • On May 20, 2015 a public open house for the Prairie Line Trail - Phase II was held at the Jane Russell Commons Room on the University of Washington - Tacoma campus.
  • A second Open House to present the 90% design was held on September 15, 2015 at the Jane Russell Commons Room on the University of Washington - Tacoma campus.

Project Goals

  • Connect the trail to the Flume Line Trail at the southern end.
  • Continue the aesthetic of the Phase I design while complementing the design of the UW Tacoma portion of the trail.
  • Accommodate safe pedestrian and bicyclist uses.
  • Accommodate access to businesses.
  • Maintain a minimum 20 foot wide emergency vehicle access lane.
  • Add as many water flows between 23rd and 25th as possible.
  • Maintain the original grade alignment of the trail line.


Source Amount
City of Tacoma       $1,000,000



Item Estimated Completion Date
Design December 2016
Construction Unfunded


Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Project Manager Chris Storey (253) 573-2484 with questions, concerns or comments. You are also invited to contact Chris to get email updates on public meetings, events and notices.