Friday, April 3, 2015

Yesler Swamp Trail Construction Update And More Donations Needed To Complete Trail's East Side


Construction on the new trail has been underway at Yesler Swamp, located in Laurelhurst,  bordered by NE 41st Street and Surber Drive.

Friends of Yesler Swamp recently posted an update on the construction. In 2012 the group was awarded $64,000 from the  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to build the  trail, which is designed by SBA Landscape Architects. The neighborhood also matched that with $16,000 which has been going towards go toward preliminary engineering, environmental mitigation, and construction of Phase 1 of the trail. 
The group says on their website:

The permanent Trail will provide much better access to volunteers who will continue to remove invasive plants and install natives.   With a permanent, accessible Trail through Yesler Swamp, the community can explore this unique area any time of the year.  
From small children to seniors, those seeking a bit of the natural world in the midst of our hectic urban landscape can traverse a winding trail of discovery unlike any other in the Seattle area. 

Plans, permits and other details can be found on the Yesler Swamp Trail website.

Here is the group's latest post:

Yesler Swamp Trail Construction Update

We, Friends of Yesler Swamp, are getting closer this spring to seeing our dream come true. The workers from the Washington Conservation Corps have been closing the long awaited loop of the new boardwalk that will link the permanent west trail boardwalk and the temporary wood chipped east trail. On this portion of the boardwalk, you will gain a close-up view of the beaver lodge and the 350 new ground cover plants installed in the cove. This area will be “over high water” after April 15th as the lake rises to supply water for the Crittenden locks this spring, summer and fall.


The boardwalk in this area had to be modified by pounding vertical pilings 30 to 50 feet into the ground!


The stringers are cedar rather than treated wood so that the fish would not be exposed to any trace amounts of copper.


We have laid cedar planking over 2/3rd of this area.

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The last third of the walkway in this area will be covered by open metal grating so the fish get enough light and the pedestrians gain enough traction.

This portion will be finished soon but we need donations from the community to complete it.

We are seeking additional grants to fund the completion of the east trail to make the whole system ADA compliant.

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