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Full beach with red canoe“Bring back the beach: Removing barriers while restoring habitat” is the title of a two-hour session at the annual statewide landscape architecture conference on March 29 in Lynnwood. Find out about sustainable shoreline alternatives as well as work underway to facilitate green shorelines.

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The City of Bellevue has created a plan to expand and restore Meydenbauer Beach Park and to connect the Lake Washington waterfront with downtown Bellevue.  Enhancements to the park and nearby streetscape improvements will create a pleasant place to walk, socialize and enjoy the water. The project will restore 800 feet of shoreline along Meydenbauer Bay, improving salmon habitat.

Meydenbauer Beach promenade

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Madrona Park shoreline

Madrona Park shoreline

The Friends of Madrona Woods restored Madrona Creek from an underground pipe to a small stream leading to a new wetland cove along Lake Washington. They also transformed 10+ acres of natural area in Madrona Park from a neglected, dark, scary and weed-infested forest into an open, inviting and healthy native forest with trails, waterfalls and natural creek channels flowing to Lake Washington. Studies have found that juvenile Chinook salmon congregate near small creek mouths along the shoreline, so the project will provide valuable rearing and refuge habitat for young salmon. Map to Site.

“Somehow, by taking one season and one task at a time, a few people have transformed a derelict greenspace that invited dumping and nefarious activities into an urban forest that is beautiful, safe and inviting,” said Deirdre McCrary, Friends of Madrona Woods board member. (more…)

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