West Duwamish Greenbelt
Parks and Green Spaces Levy
Thank you Seattle!
On January 3, 2011 the City Council passed an ordinance to vacate the Soundway property in West Seattle. The street vacation is the culmination of a 6 year effort to protect the 33 acres in the middle of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, and the vacation was the last step in the transfer of the property from Seattle's Department of Transportation to Parks and Recreation.
The City purchased the Soundway property in the 1950s and 1960s for the subsequently cancelled Sound Way project that would have linked Seattle and Vashon Island by highway and bridge. In 2004, then mayor Nickels proposed selling some of the property for housing, but the community wanted it all preserved. The City Council supported City retention of the Sound Way Property and gave the community time to raise funds to do so. The Nature Consortium, a nonprofit environmental arts organization, subsequently obtained funds from the State of Washington and contributions from the community, to preserve the Sound Way Property as open space.
Over the past 5 years, the Nature Consortium has had hundreds of work parties and planted over 10,000 trees and 13,000 shrubs and understory plants on the property.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy $6 million Green Spaces category funds acquisitions to preserve Seattle’s green spaces. The Levy included the West Duwamish Greenbelt to be considered for acquisition from a portion of that funding.
The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest greenbelt in the city and is home to fox, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles. The greenbelt encompasses the extended forest along the eastern slopes of West Seattle that is visible from I-5.
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April 18, 2012