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City Officials, Dignitaries Celebrate Opening of Logan Avenue N Lake Washington Bike Trail

June 16, 2011

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Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

“Wings & Wheels” Public Art Dedication Included in Celebration

Logan Ave Ribbon CuttingRENTON: Mayor Denis Law was joined by city officials, Boeing managers, regional dignitaries, members of the Renton Arts Commission, and local bicycle enthusiasts Wednesday, June 8, to celebrate the completion of the second phase of the Logan Avenue Trail and Lake Washington Trail South Lake Connection Project. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the unveiling of a new Arts Commission project consisting of embedded bronze sculptures in a portion of the trail, titled “Wings & Wheels,” by artist Judith Caldwell.

“This bike lane will ultimately connect more than 52 miles of trail for pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Mayor Denis Law. “We all know that creating more bike commuting and recreational opportunities helps enhance our quality of life and helps make for a healthier and more vibrant community. We are also very grateful to The Boeing Company for working with us to develop this trail. We greatly appreciate their ongoing partnership in our efforts to create a vibrant community here in South Lake Washington, which will make this a better place for Boeing employees to work and for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

“Boeing appreciates the City of Renton and everyone who worked to make this trail a reality,” said Bill McSherry, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Pacific Northwest Region for The Boeing Company. “It improves the quality of life for our employees and others in the community, providing new recreation and transportation options. We are committed to making the places we call home even better and more connected.”

The new trail is 12 feet wide and stretches nearly 2,100 feet, connecting the Cedar River Trail to the Lake Washington Trail along Logan Avenue, includes a landscape buffer between the road and path and incorporates new street and trail lighting in the city’s recently adopted decorative style. The project also made safety improvements in channelization on Logan Avenue and overlaid the outer southbound lane of Logan Avenue between North 6th Street and Airport Way.

The “Wheels & Wings” art installation along the trail is the product of research by the Renton Municipal Airport and the Renton History Museum, incorporating the importance of airplanes to Renton and the historical connection between bicycles and airplanes. The artworks, created by artist Judith and Daniel Caldwell, is playful, encouraging trail users to ‘Look Up’ as well as being informative about airplanes that have flown out of Clayton Scott Field.

“Judith and Daniel Caldwell’s ‘Wings & Wheels’ embedded art in the trail connects bicycles to Renton’s rich history of flight and we’re sure it will become one of the community’s favorite public art pieces,” said Renton Municipal Arts Commission member Sarah Eldridge.

“Our artwork in the shared bicycle-pedestrian trail bears witness to the prominent role of the Renton Municipal Airport and the Renton Boeing plant in the life of the community” said artist Judith Caldwell. “The 72 bronze castings in the trail celebrate a love of airplanes and cycling. The bronzes also serve as a guide for ‘plane spotting’ by providing visuals of planes that one may see in the sky above.”