The popular trail is more of a bicycle highway now, with new blacktop and other improvements.

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After an eight-month closure, the Burke-Gilman Trail is back in business. A re-opening celebration will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Northeast 165th Street and the Burke-Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park (near the Sheridan Beach Community Club).

Less a trail now than a fully-thought-out bicycle highway between Northeast 145th Street and Log Boom Park, the bicycle-pedestrian thoroughfare offers more peekaboo glimpses of Lake Washington than before. At 12 feet wide, it also feels more open, and the newly laid blacktop makes for a smooth ride. Many of the overgrown trees and shrubs that crowded in on it have been removed and replaced by native plants. The trail has been straightened and drainage, lighting, slope stability and street intersections have also been improved. Details:

Michael Upchurch: