Aubrey Davis Park trail survey on tap / City briefs

Mercer Island’s online community-wide Aubrey Davis Trail Improvements Survey, which is focused on the design ideas for three locations along the park’s trail, is available on the city’s website.

This project focuses primarily on improvements to a 0.8-mile trail section from 60th Avenue Southeast to 76th Avenue Southeast. To take the survey and for more information, visit


The city’s joint fire and police water rescue emergency response team recently completed its certification.

The specialized group, which covers emergencies on and under the surface of Lake Washington, maintains personnel trained in surface water rescue and who’ve attended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) diving school in Seattle.


According to the Sound Transit website, early construction work was set to begin on the Mercer Island Transit Interchange late last month. The project area is located near the Mercer Island Light Rail Station, along North Mercer Way, 77th Avenue Southeast and 80th Avenue Southeast.

Early activities will include site preparations, installation of environmental protection, site clearing and grading and the installation of temporary retaining shoring walls. The yearlong construction will include: a new roundabout, path improvements, an improved crosswalk, bus shelters, road improvements, new lighting and new landscaping.

* Sound Transit also notes that late last month, contractor crews were set to close the westbound right lane on North Mercer Way at the 77th Avenue Southeast intersection in preparation for the Mercer Island Transit Interchange project. Crews will also close the north sidewalk on North Mercer Way starting on March 7. The closures will remain for seven months.


People can pick up trail maps at Island Treats or Island Books for the downtown Leprechaun Walk, which began on March 1 and will run through March 17. Participants can gather shamrocks hidden around the business district and then turn in their completed map to Island Treats or Island Books for a chance to win a pot of gold, which contains prizes from all 15 participating merchants. No purchase necessary to participate.


After two years of holding remote meetings due to the pandemic, the next city council meeting at 5 p.m. March 15 will be in hybrid form with some members meeting in the council chambers and others joining remotely along with most staff members and consultants. People who wish to address council during the appearances segment can make in-person or remote testimonies.


The city will partner with various organizations to hold a plethora of summer camps, including tennis, golf, soccer, sailing, kayaking, theater, Lego and more. For more information, visit


The city is in the planning stages for its Summer Celebration on July 9 with multiple events at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank parks. For now, plans call for live music, a merchant walk, food trucks, a Mercer Island Visual Arts League show, fireworks and more. For more information, visit