Friends of Yesler Swamp has long hoped to create an earth-friendly, all-season trail for Yesler Swamp.
SBA Landscape Architects – the Yesler Swamp trail design team – kicked off the design process at the first community meeting on March 1. The team offered an overview of the site and heard comments from the community. Nearly 30 people attended and shared their views on the future of Yesler Swamp.
In order to create a design that best preserves the sensitive environment of the swamp, the design team needed to take a careful look at what’s there now. To confirm the site conditions, environmental expert Diane Brewster of Touchstone EcoServices has recently completed a “Wetland Report” describing the water, soil conditions, and vegetation at Yesler Swamp. Take a look at this very informative Yesler Swamp Wetland Report.
The next step is to decide where to lay the trail and what type of trail to construct. In the near future, we’ll announce the date for the next community meeting at which the design team will present options for the trail. Please plan to attend!
When the trail is completed, the community will have the opportunity to watch eagles fishing in the lagoon and resting in the trees, study the many waterfowl (including at least one standing blue heron), listen to over 100 kinds of song birds, peek at the beaver lodge, and enjoy the amazing solitude of Yesler Swamp – all right in the middle of one of Seattle’s busiest neighborhoods!