Federal Way City Council approves bid for park to downtown trail construction

Federal Wayans will soon be able to walk from Celebration to Steel Lake parks.

The Federal Way City Council awarded a bid to Ceccanti Construction Inc. for the Steel Lake Park to downtown trail project on Tuesday. The company was the lowest responsive bidder at $893,858.

Approximately $231,000 will transfer from the Citywide Pedestrian Crossing Improvements project to the trail project because the city initially slated only $513,000 for the trail.

The trail, however, is more of a sidewalk project, according to Street Systems Project Engineer Christine Mullen.

“The city wants to provide a continuous path for pedestrians from Celebration Park to Town Square Park and on to Steel Lake Park,” Mullen said. “This section of sidewalk improvements is the only missing gap in that pedestrian network connectivity.”

The project includes the word “trail” for specific grant funding, she said.

Workers will construct the sidewalk from Steel Lake Park along South 312th Street east to 24th Avenue South along the south end of South 312th Street.

Ceccanti Construction will also use 17 percent of recycled materials, per a January 2016 law.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is also in the process of updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which will provide a new vision for Federal Way’s open spaces. The city is seeking public input through a survey to ensure Federal Way’s park system meets the needs of residents. To take the survey, go to www.ci.federal-way.wa.us/parks and click on the survey link.