Delridge Wetland and Stewardship 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.
Next Workshop Series Event:
Environmental Justice from Within: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Sunday, September 13th 2020, 11am – 12:30pm
We are pleased to announce our first virtual event in the Wetland Workshop Series! Pah-tu Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco) and Bri Castilleja (Samish) will be co-presenting on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the role it has within environmental justice.
This workshop will emphasize a local and personal approach to environmental justice through encouraging participants to connect to their own cultural traditions and ancestral land knowledge while sharing traditional knowledge from the Puget Sound region and beyond.
Participants will walk away from this experience with strong foundational understanding of what Traditional Ecological Knowledge is and ways to advocate for this in their personal lives.
Pre-register here: https://forms.gle/bUdL3agR7EPeCxk79
Questions? Please contact DNDA’s Environmental Education Coordinator, Bri Castilleja.
Upcoming 2020 workshop events:
- September: Environmental Justice from Within: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
- October: Whose Fault Is It Anyway?! Puget Sound Basin Geology
- November: Environmental Career Pathways
- December: Future Paths to Restoration in a Warming Climate
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