Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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Major Maintenance Project Information
The total creek daylighting project was accomplished with grants, donations and volunteer time/labor. Approximate dollar amount shown represents only cash/grants.
Project complete: February 2009 - some planting continues
This community-initiated project took Madrona Creek out of pipes and
put it back on the surface of the ground to provide multiple benefits
including habitat, environmental education and scenic beauty in Madrona
Park. The work was accomplished in two phases over 3 years, by a combination
of contracted services for creek and bridge construction, and volunteer
timeand labor. It was funded through in-kind services and cash donation/grants.
The creek tumbles down the ravine under 38th Avenue and Lake Washington Boulevard and through the park in a series of pools and fish-passable weirs, finally reaching the new wetland cove carved into the Lake Washington shore.
The community remains involved in re-vegetating the construction areas and caring for the new native plants. There are ongoing work parties that involve students and also environmental education programs with the local elementary and middle schools.
The day-lighting project has reconnected cool spring-fed creek waters with the shoreline, increasing habitat benefits for all types of local wildlife including the migrating endangered juvenile Chinook salmon and other salmon species. It has also involved 300 or more volunteers in watershed restoration and creek construction, thereby increasing opportunities for inner-city environmental stewardship, education and awareness. The intent of the project is also to inform, inspire and encourage others to act and restore ecosystems in their neighborhoods.
100 Dexter Ave. N.
None at this time
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