As part of King County's Community Enhancement Initiative, in 2007, King County Parks worked with the Pomegranate Center to engage residents of West Hill and create a community-based vision for the future of the park. Several exciting initiatives have grown out of that effort, including:
Wetland Restoration with the UW REN Program
In September 2008, several students from the University of Washington's Restoration Ecology Network began a 10 month-long project to restore one of the three wetland areas in the park, the central wetlands. The park's wetlands form one of the sources of Taylor Creek, a salmon-bearing creek that empties into Lake Washington.
Together with the Friends of Skyway Park (FoSP), the Skyway Boys & Girls Club, and other community members, "Team Skyway" created a restoration plan, removed invasive blackberries and other weeds, installed hundreds of native plants, and presented a stewardship plan to help guide FoSP's future volunteer efforts to keep the wetland healthy.
Learn more about UW's REN Program.
Shelter and Plaza with the UW Design-Build Program
Starting Spring Quarter 2009, students in the UW Landscape Architecture Design-Build Program designed and constructed a shelter and plaza area adjacent to the recently-restored central wetland area. Inspired by the wetland and movement of water through it, the area features a shelter with a vegetated roof, seating, grassy lawn, open plaza, native landscaping, and interpretive signage highlighting wetland critters and plants. This project was completed in June 2009.
Learn more about UW's Design-Build Program.
Park Gateways with Friends of Skyway Park and Pomegrante Center
Through their DIG Fund initiative, Pomegranate Center helped Friends of Skyway Park realize an element of the community vision: artistic, community-crafted gateways into the park that celebrate nature and community and draw people into the park. Community members and other volunteers helped create five gateways, which were installed at the two pedestrian entrances and in the center of the park.
Get involved with Friends of Skyway Park!