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Vegetation Restoration for Betty Bowen Viewpoint in Marshall Park

Address: 7th Ave. W and W Highland Dr.
Information: Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester | (206) 684-4113 |

Project Timeline

Full plan development will follow a project SEPA review in the winter of 2005.

Seattle Parks and Recreation held a public meeting on Thursday, December 9.
» handout (19k PDF)
» slide presentation (6M PDF)

A second public meeting is slated for Spring 2005, with work onsite beginning by Summer 2005.

For project updates, contact:

Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester
(206) 684-4113

Seattle Parks Urban Forestry program has identified this park as a top priority restoration site, based on its reforestation plan, Vegetation Management for Seattle Parks Viewpoints. The plan identifies needs and describes methods to make vegetation at designated park viewpoints throughout the city sustainable while preserving public views.

Zipper-Zeman Geotechnical Report on slope

In mid-2004 Seattle Parks contracted with Geotechnical consultants to evaluate slope stability impacts of proposed restoration activity.
» Geotech Report

Proposed restoration activities

  • Pruning and removing Park trees that significantly block the designated public vista, or pose a risk of failure due to decline;
  • Removing invasive slope vegetation and replanting/reseeding with non-weedy species;
  • Planting lower-growing native trees to replace all removed trees ;
  • Protecting slope from erosion;
  • Installing a barrier hedge along top of slope to protect both hillside & visitors;
  • Providing follow-up invasive plant control and establishment

Restoration Options: Tree Work plans with phases

  1. Minimal maintenance
    » map (336k JPG)
  2. Single project
    » map (821k JPG)
  3. Phased Restoration (2005-2009)
    Phase 1
    » map (372k JPG)
    » concept plan (2.5M PDF*)
    Phase 2
    » map (354k JPG)
    » concept plan (2.8M PDF*)
    Phase 3
    » map (362k JPG)
    » concept plan (2.8M PDF*)

» photo with marked trees(93k JPG)

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Updated February 5, 2007
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