A new bridge crosses over Arboretum Creek as part of the new trail.
Dennis Wise/University of Washington
A new bridge crosses over Arboretum Creek as part of the new Arboretum Loop Trail.

A new trail that winds through the Washington Park Arboretum is revealing plants previously hidden and a stream that used to be underground in pipes and culverts.

Completed this winter, the paved path creates more opportunities for people to explore the arboretum — which features one of the nation’s most diverse plant collections west of the Mississippi River.

“People are experiencing new vistas with this trail, and even as staff, we are noticing you can see things you couldn’t before. Really special groups of plants were hidden before and now have room to breathe. It’s nice to experience the arboretum in a new way,” said Ray Larson, curator of living collections at UW Botanic Gardens, which cares for the arboretum’s gardens, trees and plants.

The University of Washington together with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation will celebrate the trail opening on Sunday, April 8, 2018 with festivities along the path, live music, free snacks, food trucks and more.

Read more at UW Today »