Users of the trail may notice that the major earthwork in the meadow is winding down. The contractor has started to demobilize some of the bigger equipment this week. The project site will be buttoned down for the month of October.
Starting in November, the landscaping crew will arrive and begin restoring the project site with native plants. There will be occasional, lightweight trucks on the trail to deliver plant material. No trail closures will be necessary.
The City reminds trail users that the site is a habitat restoration project. As such, users should remain on the trail and not disturb the area.
This project reconnects and restores 1,100 feet of an old remnant channel and floodplain of the Sammamish River.
Project goals include restoring floodplain and channel connectivity and function through:
Restoring about 8 acres of floodplain plant community diversity and structure with native plantings and removal of invasive plant species;
Hydraulically reconnecting the restored area at both ends to the Sammamish River to make the project accessible as off-channel rearing habitat for salmonids, with an emphasis on Chinook and Coho salmon.
The presently undeveloped project site is owned primarily by City of Bothell and King County and is zoned as Public Park Open Space on land located to the west of 102nd Ave NE.
A portion of the Sammamish River public trail runs through the site and will be affected by culvert installations during a portion of July and/or August 2016 due to fish window restrictions. A section of the parking lot adjacent to 102nd Ave NE will be fenced off for construction traffic from approximately June to September 2016. After culvert installation is completed, trail usage will be briefly interrupted for trucks entering and exiting the site during August and September.