On Monday, August 31, 2009 Seattle Parks and Recreation begins work to complete the shoreline and habitat restoration project at Chinook Beach Park at the south end of Lake Washington. Funding provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides for the upland restoration of the park. The invasive species removal and native plantings completes the restoration work begun in 2004.
The “WRIA 8” Salmon Recovery Plan is a science-based plan devised by citizens, scientists, businesses, environmentalists and governments to conserve salmon today and for future generations. Funding for the salmon conservation plan is provided by 27 local governments in the watershed.
The plan designated Lake Washington shoreline south of Seward Park as an area of significance to juvenile salmon coming into the lake from the Cedar River. The gravel beach creation accomplished in 2004 and the ongoing invasive species removal and bank re-vegetation are positive additions to the Lake Washington ecosystem utilized by juvenile salmonids. For more information on the plan, please see http://www.govlink.org/watersheds/8/.
The existing non-native, invasive Black locust trees, clematis vines, and Himalayan blackberry will be removed and native coniferous and deciduous trees, shrubs and ground cover will be planted. Construction will be completed by November, 2009.
For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/chinook_beach/ or contact David Graves at 206-227-5458 or email@example.com.