This month the landscaping crew arrived and began restoring the project site with native plants. 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 reconnected and restored 1,100 feet of an old remnant channel and floodplain of the Sammamish River.
Project goals included 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 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 was affected by culvert installations during a portion of summer 2016 due to fish window restrictions. A section of the parking lot adjacent to 102nd Ave NE was fenced off for construction traffic from mid June to September 2016. After culvert installation was completed, trail usage was briefly interrupted for trucks entering and exiting the site during August and September.