Delridge Wetland Park Project
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.
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.
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Demarus is a researcher, writer, and educator with a strong background in traditional ecological knowledge, native pollinators, native plants, science, and engineering. Demarus is an Inupiaq from Nome, Alaska and her childhood with indigenous communities across North America greatly influenced her research on the definition of sustainability from the indigenous perspective. Demarus earned her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design. She produced case studies on climate change projects led by tribes that were funded by EPA Region 10 grants. Demarus loves to pick berries and gather traditional food and she is an avid fiber artist and loves to sew, spin yarn, weave, knit, and design knitwear.
Stephen Dorsch – Alleycat Acres/The Common Acre
Stephen has had his heart and his hands dug deep into the soil of the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. From mapping the surficial geology of Washington State’s three National Parks to pursuing a degree in Holistic Landscape Design from Bastyr University, Stephen has experience working at all scales from watershed to homestead. His passion for the environment, permaculture, native plants, and sustainable local food systems drives him to make the most of every day. Stephen discovered Alleycat Acres as he explored turning the parking strip at his home in Seattle into a community farm and has been hooked on Alleycat ever since.
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!
Wetlands Project Partners
Wetlands Project Funders
King County Conservation Future Programs
King County Green Grants