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Seattle Parks to clear slide debris on Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin work immediately to remove debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred on Sunday, April 21, on the Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 117th and Riviera Place NE at Lakeside Place NE.

A slide on private property above the Burke-Gilman Trail will be cleared by Parks crews beginning Thursday, April 25.

A slide on private property above the Burke-Gilman Trail will be cleared by Parks crews beginning Thursday, April 25.

Since the homeowner of the property where the slide originated is out of town, the Parks Engineer declared a public safety hazard that will allow the City to begin work immediately.

The slide was caused by the failure of a timber wall on private property above the trail. A portion of what remains of the wall is resting against, and is supported by, a clump of trees directly above the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Early on Thursday, April 25, Parks heavy equipment and tree crews will park a 135-foot boom lift on the trail to provide tree removal specialists access to the cluster of trees that is in imminent danger of falling down onto the trail. Parks staff will trim off branches and trunks, but will leave the stumps in place. This will help to stabilize the current situation by reducing the weight on the compromised hillside.

This action will not remove the remnants of the timber wall, or permanently stabilize the property.

Tree crews will also trim the branches on Parks-owned trees farther down the slope as needed to mitigate potential hazard to trail users and to Seattle City Light power lines. After the tree work is complete, crews will clear slide debris from the trail.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of the week. A detour around the slide area is marked.

This press release a photo of the slide area can be found on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Blog.

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