Delridge Wetland Park Project

VOLUNTEERS ENGAGED
CLASSROOM VISITS TO THE WETLAND
NATIVE WETLAND PLANTS INSTALLED

The Delridge Wetland, located on 23rd Ave SW and SW Findlay St, is a project spearheaded by DNDA to protect, restore, preserve and expand the existing wetland to improve water quality in Longfellow Creek, meanwhile developing the space as a public park for all to enjoy. Beside wetland restoration, other plans for the park include the creation of an urban garden, community orchard, as well as developing the space as an outdoor classroom for local students and the community to learn hands-on environmental science and wetland stewardship.

Wetland Workshops

The Delridge Wetland Park project is creating space for increased community use in addition to restoring a unique urban greenspace in the Longfellow Creek watershed. The Wetland Workshop Series offers a variety of free events put on by DNDA, to facilitate a re-introduction between our communities and the Delridge Wetland Park. The goal for the workshop series is to address community priorities, offer fun and informative environmental education experiences, and support further community connections and resiliency.

Latest Workshop Series Event:

Restoration Practices in a Changing Climate

Saturday, December 19th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this wetland workshop, attendees will be given a brief overview and history of current restoration practices and reference ecosystems used. We will discuss and look at the influence of climate variability and change on the science and practice of restoration ecology and explore different ways that scientists and ecologists are coming together to tackle this complex problem and change the way we think of restoration today.

This event will feature Matt Distler from Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center and James Lee from the University of Washington School of Marine & Environmental Affairs.

Matt Distler is an ecologist with abiding interests in forests and wildlife, aquatic and wetland systems, stream ecology, and ecological restoration. He currently works with Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, a regenerative agriculture and conservation non-profit located in the Snoqualmie River valley, where he works to restore healthy riparian forests and researches the impacts of land use, restoration, and habitat fragmentation on wildlife populations. His previous professional work has included urban open space restoration and monitoring, stream and riparian restoration with the Washington Conservation Corps, research on phytoplankton dynamics with the Marine Biological Laboratory, wetland restoration and paleoecological research on the Great Lakes, and creation of urban and rural land management plans in the Cascade Mountains. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, printmaking, and exploring nature with his wife and two daughters.

James Lee is a master’s candidate in the University of Washington's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. He is a former Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellow and a a past research technician at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, where he worked on salt marsh and eelgrass bed restoration projects. He's passionate about shoreline restoration work for the value it brings to ecosystems and the connections it can foster between people and their waters. James worked with colleagues on a floating wetlands installation in the Lower Duwamish Waterway to see if it would provide critical ecosystem functions for juvenile out migrating salmon. He is also part of a team, brought together by the Ecology of Infectious Marine Disease Research Coordination Network, investigating changes in gene expression when eelgrass is exposed to a wasting disease.

Questions? Please contact DNDA’s Environmental Education Coordinator, Bri Castilleja.

Workshop recording:

Community Building

Restoring the wetland isn’t just about making our local environment healthier by reducing flooding, improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat. In addition to engaging local schools and getting youth involved with environmental stewardship and hands-on science, a key aspect of our mission for the Delridge Wetland Park is to create a welcoming place for you to connect with your community. By installing edible native plants and creating a community food garden, we will increase access to healthy food in the neighborhood. The gathering space will also be ideal for socializing with friends and neighbors, or for simply enjoying the beauty of nature.

Our weekly wetland restoration work parties serve to bring people together under a common cause. Working together to make our neighborhood a healthier place to live can help strengthen our community ties and relationships.

Community Health Profile

Developed in partnership with the National Park Service, this community health profile examines existing health indicators and needs of residents living in the Delridge corridor, a planning zone along Delridge Way SW. It considers both community health and the built environment. It contains information about the potential impacts of the future Delridge Wetland Park on the health of Delridge residents and makes recommendations for its planning and design, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.

This document is a result of research on existing plans related to health in Delridge, as well as input from a team of local community leaders and organizations that have come together as thinking partners to make decisions on the wetland park. A big thank you to all who contributed their insights to this community health profile!

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