PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - Officials with the city of Tacoma celebrated the opening of the Pipeline Trail on Saturday morning.
It completes the second phase of the trail by adding 2.4 miles to a multiphase 14.5-mile project.
The trail provides pedestrians and bike riders a safe way to get from the South Sound to the Tacoma Dome and rail stations.
There was a ribbon-cutting and dedication near East 43rd Street and Pipeline Road.
There was also a free helmet fitting and giveaway.
"Completing the Pipeline Trail has been a decadeslong initiative that will be a game-changer for the Eastside of Tacoma and the greater region," said District 4 Councilmember Catherine Ushka. "We are gaining an urban trail system that will entice families to experience the health benefits of exploring the outdoors, while providing the community with a safe and accessible walk and bike path when traveling to Eastside community centers. I welcome everyone to join me in utilizing this new path to travel across Tacoma."
A third and final phase of the project is in the works. It will extend the trail from East 56th Street and Pipeline Road to the intersection of 72nd Street East and Waller Road East in unincorporated Pierce County. That work is set to begin later this month.
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