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On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, DNDA and National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS-RTCA) were honored to present our work, the Community Health Profile and the Delridge Wetland Park, at the conference for WSPHA: Washington State Public Health Association. Participants heard from Willard Brown and Nelson Lu of DNDA, and Lucia Portman, Alex Stone, and Stephanie Stroud of NPS about the Delridge Wetland park and its collaborative development with the Delridge community.

“This session was a tremendous example of a community-based public health success that was accomplished by great folks who say they are not public health folks. It was a wonderful example of partnering to address health and environmental challenges, in context of growing a healthier next generation.” -WSPHA Participant

The RTCA program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. One of these projects is the Delridge Wetland Park, located in the highly diverse Delridge neighborhood in Seattle. The planning team created a community health profile of Delridge to consider health impacts and needs, to make recommendations for park planning and design, to create park programming, and to determine and monitor evaluation measures. Read about the Community Health Profile here.

The Delridge Wetland Park is a community project to restore a former Seattle City Light substation as a natural wetland, which will work to improve water quality in Longfellow Creek, reduce the impacts of local flooding and serve as an outdoor classroom for local youth. Learn more about the history of the Delridge Wetland Park and current activity with local students here.