Judkins Park Station Access Project

What's Happening Now?

The Mountains to Sound Trail Lighting and Hiawatha Place Staircase are complete! Thanks to the community's input and patience, we've been able to deliver 1.5 miles of new lighting that will illuminate the trailway in Judkins Park, Sturgus Park, Daejeon Park, the Atlantic Street Park, and the Judge Charles M Stokes Overlook. In addition, the Hiawatha Place Staircase with a runnel is also open for public use. Check both projects out when you're in the area!

Check Out This Project's Progress

Hiawatha Place Staircase under construction

A view of the Hiawatha Place Staircase under construction

An unlit light pole on the MTS/I-90 Trail

An unlit light pole on the MTS/I-90 Trail 

A view of the Staircase from Hiawatha Pl S

A view of the Staircase from Hiawatha Pl S

View of the lit light fixtures on the MTS/I-90 Trail

View of a lit light fixture along the MTS/I-90 Trail


The Judkins Park light rail station is set to open in 2025. In preparation for this, in 2019 we asked the community how to make the area safer and more accessible. So we conducted the Judkins Park Station Access Study. We learned many things from it. For instance, the Mountains to Sound Trail needs more lighting to keep people who walk, run, roll, or bike safe. We can now confirm that all our changes reflect what the community wants and will complement the new light rail station. And with the money we received from the Sound Transit System Access Fund Program, we can construct these projects:

  • ADA compliant upgrades to walking areas
  • A new staircase on Hiawatha Pl S
  • Lighting for the Mountains to Sound Trail
  • Signalized pedestrian crossing at 23rd Ave S & S Grand St

Community Outreach

Visit this website if you want updates about the project. We will include our outreach materials in this section so you can see things like construction notices.

Project Map

Judkins Park New Trail Lighting and Hiawatha Stairway Connection

Map of the Mountains to Sound Trail winding through the Judkins Park area

Map Legend

Existing lighting along trail
New Trail Lighting
  Judkins Park station entrance
  Hiawatha Stairway Connection


  • Planning
    • Fall 2019 - Spring 2021
  • Design
    • Spring 2021 - Fall 2022
  • Construction (timeline subject to change based on weather conditions)
    • Winter 2023 - Winter 2024
      • Project is complete!
  • Judkins Park Station Opening
    • 2025


  • Sound Transit System Access Fund Grant
  • Levy to Move Seattle


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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