Lake City Floodplain Park Development

Updated: April 8, 2021

Spring 2021

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is partnering with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the non-profit Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group (MSFEG) to develop a floodplain reconnection project benefiting water quality, in-stream, and riparian habitat, managing on-site stormwater, and creating an accessible natural area for the Lake City community, a heavily urbanized and underserved area.

The location of the property provides a unique opportunity for water quality and to reduce future flood losses. The goal of this project is to promote partnerships and enable high impact investments that will enhance water quality and salmonid habitat, help mitigate current and future climate-influenced flood flows and provide public green space in a racially diverse and underserved urban community.  

Weed removal will begin on the site beginning in April 2021. Seattle Parks and Recreation's Green Seattle Partnership is helping to lead this effort with generous assistance from the King County Noxious Weeds Program through the Healthy Lands Project. Professional crews will be active in spring and summer carrying out weed control of potentially problematic plant species and soil stabilization near the Creek and on steep slopes adjacent to 125th Street. As the larger project progresses, crews and volunteers will eventually replant with a diversity of native trees and shrubs in these areas now dominated by just a few species of weeds.

The parcel is entirely within the FEMA floodplain along 200ft of Thornton Creek channel, while also adjacent to a designated urban village. Floodplain reconnection and additional flood storage will provide climate resiliency in the future, while reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff into the creek, including water pollution and potential flood damage to residents along this section of the creek.

A fully funded project will include a site plan, conduct community engagement, develop design solutions, and construction of the preferred design option. The designs will consist of nature-based solutions including riparian habitat, stream restoration, green stormwater infrastructure such as rain gardens or swales, and community access.

Location

2318 NE 125th Street, Seattle 98125

Budget

The site was jointly acquired between SPR and SPU, and with grant funding from King County Conservation Futures.

Current SPR funding approved - $100K for Planning tasks through early design tasks.

Future tasks include developing a final design option, construction, and construction close-out. Additional funding will be requested through the 2023-2028 Seattle Park District budget as well as through King County, Washington State, and Federal grant opportunities.

Schedule

Planning & Design: 2021 - 2022
Construction:
2023 - 2024

Project Description

The goal of this project is to promote partnerships and enable high impact investments that will enhance water quality and salmonid habitat, help mitigate current and future climate-influenced flood flows and provide public green space in a racially diverse and underserved urban community.  

The parcel is entirely within the FEMA floodplain along 200ft of Thornton Creek channel, while also adjacent to a designated urban village. Floodplain reconnection and additional flood storage will provide climate resiliency in the future, while reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff into the creek, including water pollution and potential flood damage to residents along this section of the creek.

A fully funded project will include a site plan, conduct community engagement, develop design solutions, and construction of the preferred design option. The designs will consist of nature-based solutions including riparian habitat, stream restoration, green stormwater infrastructure such as rain gardens or swales, and community access.

Community Participation

Watch this site for information on how to participate in the community input process, expected to begin Late Spring - Early Summer 2021.