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Magnolia Boulevard Restoration Project Begins

During the week of November 14, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will continue its work to implement the Magnolia Boulevard Vegetation Management. The project plants historically significant Madrona trees and provides landscape improvements around existing tree trunks. Plant beds will be installed around some of the trees often damaged from lawn mowers to protect them from further erosion. Some new Madrona trees are being planted as both seed and small plants within the Madrona trunk protecting beds, using gravel and mulch to help with the early establishment. Additionally, mostly low growing native plants will be planted around the edges of the beds. This project will be completed in the month of November when the establishment of the trees and plants will be more successful.

This project is part of the Olmsted Landscape Restoration Program which performs essential maintenance to rehabilitate Olmsted-influenced and Olmsted-designed landscapes. The primary goal of this project is to maintain the iconic landscaping along Magnolia Boulevard by protecting existing Madrona trees, introducing new Madrona trees and retaining a view.

Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and Boulevards began as a dream the City of Seattle had in the late 1800’s for a beautiful system of landscapes among urban growth. The City implemented the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm’s vision in the form of vast and expansive parks throughout the City to allow access to attractive open spaces and to provide peace and respite for people from all walks of life. SPR used findings from the 2018 Olmsted Parks Study to select this project as a priority site for improvement.

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