Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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Support for the Pro Parks Levy made improvements to Roxhill Park possible. Improvements include: a new ball field, improved irrigation system, accessible concrete picnic pads, trails and bridges, a gathering space, three additional bogs areas which add 1.5 acres of wetlands, and over 40,000 new native plants!
|Roxhill Park is located at the historic headwaters
of Longfellow Creek. Longfellow Creek is one of three major creeks in the
City of Seattle that are still free flowing. In the early 1960's the low
wetland peat bog areas of the park were covered with several feet of fill
dirt during the construction of the adjacent shopping center.
In 1992 the City adopted the Longfellow Creek Watershed Action Plan. One of the specific goals of the plan was to re-establish the historic wetlands of Longfellow Creek in Roxhill Park. In 1996, the Westwood Community Council began planning improvements for the park including rebuilding some of the historic wetlands.
Community efforts on behalf of this plan continued through the fall of 2000, when construction of restoration of a portion of the wetland in the park began.
The second phase (2002) of the project included removal of more fill covering peat deposits to restore an additional 1.5 acres of wetlands. This doubles the wetlands restored in the first phase of the project. Over 45,000 native plants and trees will also be planted in the wetlands and upland areas of the project.
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The Friends of Roxhill Bog once a month hold a bog planting and restoration work party. The event is held from 10 AM to 2 PM on the second Saturday of every month. For more information check out the links listed below. Fall work parties will include opportunities to help plant trees and plants in the Phase 2 construction areas. If you want to help, bring your gloves and your boots!
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