Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk

You are invited on a hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments – Longfellow Creek. This walk will demonstrate how Seattle residents’ everyday activities can impact the natural environment in their own backyards, and what everyone can do to help preserve the health of our urban watersheds. Feet First Walking Ambassadors Bryan Fiedorczyk and Timothy Lowry will lead an urban hike through the Longfellow Creek Watershed. The creek drains almost 3000 acres of West Seattle and is one of only four waterways left in Seattle that flows freely year-round. This family friendly walk is estimated to be between 2 to 3 miles at a slow to moderate pace.

While walking the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, you will see wetlands, native meadows, conifer forests, a beaver dam and large-scale public art installations. Along the trail there will be examples of areas highly modified by development, the effects of runoff from rain and stormwater, restoration efforts, and sites featuring low impact development and green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens.

Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk Details
When: Saturday, Nov 16 - 10 AM to Noon
Where: Meet at corner of 26th Ave SW and SW Yancy Street (1 block west of Delridge, 1 block south of Andover) – Bus stop at Delridge & Andover for Metro Routes 50, 120, and 125; nearby signs/trees for locking up bikes, parking available along 26th Ave SW and SW Andover Street.
Route: Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/proparks/projects/LongfellowCreekMap.pdf

We’ll start at trailhead northeast of Dragonfly Pavilion and follow the trail south across the Salmon Bone bridge, and down 26th Ave SW past Greg Davis Park and the Brandon Street Natural Area (King Conservation District highlights of restoration/volunteer efforts) towards the Delridge Natural Area (Delridge & Graham). We’ll turn around after about an hour of walking – at Juneau, we’ll follow 25th Ave SW north past a cluster of residential rain gardens near Brandon through Delridge Playfield and back along the trail to the starting point.

For those interested - we can walk a few blocks northeast to Andover & Delridge and can discuss more about the walk, while having lunch at Subway or Skylark Café. Look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • Kelly

    beautiful and interesting!

    November 19, 2013

  • Karen

    Thanks for oranizing this walk Bryan! I appreciate the info from everyone involved (Tim, Drew). Hope I didn't miss anyone. I enjoyed the sites :)

    November 18, 2013

  • Bryan F.

    Hi everyone - great weather and turnout yesterday. Thanks for attending and hope you enjoyed the walk! As usual, it's hard to cover everything I'd like to, but I think experiencing the trail and creek are the main points. We talked about many of the problems and challenges, if you are interested in some solutions we as residents can take to help keep our waterways cleaner and healthier, check out this link:

    http://tox-ick.org/solutions/­

    Cheers!
    Bryan

    November 17, 2013

  • Bev M.

    Thanks Bryan and Timothy for the fun, informative walk!

    November 17, 2013

  • Bob F

    Great walk Happy to learn about their mission and the environment of this quiet creek.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel last minute but will see everyone next time!

    November 16, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry for the late cancel - missed my bus!

    November 16, 2013

  • Bryan F.

    For the few folks still on the waiting list, feel free to join us tomorrow - usually a few people wind up not making it, so we should still be a manageable group (I'll just have to talk loudly when we stop!) Sounds like we may have decent weather (partially sunny with chance of showers), but dress appropriately, just in case :-) Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

    November 15, 2013

  • Karin B.

    Hope I get to join you on this one. Loved my 1st Feet First walk in Kirkland last weekend!

    November 13, 2013

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