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Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek Restoration
Project Information


Location: 5th Ave NE and NE 103rd St

Project Status

Thank you Seattle this project is complete!
The project was completed in late 2014, plant establishment will be reviewed in late 2015 . Overall site improvements are doing well, minor trail repairs were made May 2015 to repair storm flooding damage. Parks is working with the area stewards (who have been doing a fantastic job before during and after construction) to plant areas outside of contract work.

August 2014
Seattle Parks awarded the project to WS Contractors. The project was re bid delaying start of work until August 2014. WS Contractors will be mobilizing on site in the coming weeks. The project constructs a new water channel and back channel from the outfall at 5th avenue and improves existing trails on site.

July 2013 - January 2014
The design team has prepared permitting and construction documents for the restoration project. In reassessing the site conditions and the project budget we have eliminated the creek realignment work at the property adjacent to 8th Ave NE and NE 105th Street. Complications included impacts to the root zone of large trees, budget constraints and possible future replacement or realignment of culverts in the roadway. The design includes proposed elements including stream realignment near 5th Ave NE.

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Beaver Pond project for this season and will bid next year. The plans are complete and all permits were in hand but the chance of getting the work bid and awarded, contractor mobilized, and critical in-water work done within the Fisheries window this year is either very slim or would potentially involve a very high bid that could force us to leave many elements out. The Thornton Creek Alliance was notified directly and understands and supports our decision.

5th Ave NE and NE 103rd St
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund allocates $500,000 for this project.
Planning: Fall 2012
Design: Winter 2012 - Spring 2013
Construction: Summer 2014
Completion: Fall 2014

Project Description

This project will refine and complete all remaining channel work at Beaver Pond Natural Area at Thornton Creek, thereby creating a healthier watershed with more controlled flow and plentiful native plants.

This project was selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application receivedYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1  1/11/2012

Public Meeting #2  3/14/2012

Park Naming News Release

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Updated July 1, 2015


Currently no project related public meetings or events are scheduled.

For More Information

Garrett Farrell
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Pond Area Photos
Pond Area Photos
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Bid Documents
Bid Documents
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Site Analysis
Site Analysis
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Critical Areas Report
Critical Areas Report
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