Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Plan Phase 3 Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Waterway No. 1 is located at NE 35th St. and 43rd Ave. NE; gather at the basketball court

Come learn about the Waterway Landscape Plan, offer your comments, meet the Parks Department lead on the project and the landscape architect and other project leaders.

 

Click on the image below to see the plan as a PDF. This very large file may take several seconds to load.


 

What is Waterway No. 1?  Waterway No. 1 is a parcel of waterfront property located where Northeast 35th Street meets 43rd Avenue Northeast in Laurelhurst. Long ago it was used as a boat launch for one of Seattle’s mosquito fleet ferries, the Laurelhurst Launch, which shuttled folks from Laurelhurst to Madison Park and back. Now it is a rare and treasured public access point to the waterfront where people can go to observe nature, walk dogs, and launch non-motorized boats, and play basketball.

 

Progress on the WWI Enhancement Project:  Phase 1 of the project in November 2005 involved installation of several large, granite, slip-resistant boulders on the water’s edge to improve safety for access to the water. LCC was assisted by Shane DeWald, SDOT’s landscape architect, and DPD in planning, permitting and installation of this phase. 

 

Over the years, LCC hosted several work parties, most under the direction of Arthur Lee Jacobson. LCC partnered with Seattle Children’s which contributed two truckloads of wood chips to cover the area where the large laurel hedge was removed. 

 

Over a lengthy period, LCC, with the assistance of State Representative Gerry Pollet, and the cooperation of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, received approval for implementation of Phase 2 of the project—replacement of the 80-year-old dangerously dilapidated basketball court. This achievement would not have been possible without the contributions of many neighbors. The project was completed in 2014.

 

Phase 3 Plan:  Michael C. Lee, landscape architect and owner of Colvos Creek Nursery, designed a landscape plan that addresses the safety and access needs of visitors; soil erosion concerns; vegetation that both helps wildlife and beautifies the site. The plan is based upon the concept plan developed as a result of community consensus by SDOT’s landscape architect with input from noted plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson. The plan also includes design and possible installation of an ADA pathway.  LCC received a $25,000 grant from the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund to implement the plan.

 

 

LCC’s Position on Waterway No. 1: LCC’s position has always been that the best use of waterways and shoreline street ends is for public enjoyment and access. The challenge has been to address the six shoreline street ends and three state waterways in the neighborhood with existing encroachments so that all abutting neighbors are treated similarly and fairly and to ensure that public access is provided.

LCC is in the process of developing a comprehensive report on the Waterway and is meeting with DNR.

 

History of LCC Correspondence Regarding Waterway No. 1

January 13, 2011 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Safety of Volunteers at Waterway No. 1

January 13, 2011 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Logs at Waterway No. 1

December 16, 2010 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Maintenance / Activity Report, Waterway No. 1, May 2010-December 2010, Agreement Number: 23-082534

December 15, 2010 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Proposed Reauthorization of Waterway Use Permit No. 20-A84724 for State-owned Aquatic Lands

May 8, 2010

Waterway No. 1 Work Party Flier

May 4, 2010 - Letter to Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian

Waterway No. 1, Washington Heritage Register Nomination

May 4, 2010 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Regulations Governing Land Swaps

May 2, 2010 - Letter to Derrick Toba, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Weeds at Waterway No. 1

February 17, 2010

Letter to Judith Thornton RE: Vandalism

August 24, 2008 -Letter to SEPA Center Manager

RE:  SEPA File # 09-072701, Lewis Waterway 1 Permits

June 17, 2008, Public Meeting - Parks and Green Spaces Levy Citizens Advisory Committee

Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project

June 4, 2008 - Letter to Parks and Green Spaces Levy Committee
Waterway No. 1 Enhancement Project

May 14, 2008 - Letter to Washington State Department of Natural Resources

RE: Proposed Right of Entry Agreement—Summers and Donohue Responses

May 7, 2008 - Letter to Washington State Department of Natural Resources
RE: Proposed Right of Entry Agreement—Lindstrom Response

May 7, 2008 - Letter to Washington State Department of Natural Resources
RE: Proposed Right of Entry Agreement between DNR and LCC for Waterway No. 1

May 2, 2008 - Letter to Washington State Department of Natural Resources
RE: Proposed Right of Entry Agreement between DNR and LCC for Waterway No. 1

April 7, 2006 - Document by Shane Dewald, SDOT Landscape Architect

Waterway No. 1

November 16, 2005 - Letter to Christie Santos, Seattle Department of Transportation

Review of Shoreline Properties/Street Ends

November 11, 2005
Letter to Kate Lloyd

November 10, 2005

Letter to Judith Thornton

September 16, 2005

Letter to Libby and Doug Armintrout

September 16, 2005 - Letter to Washington Department of Natural Resources

RE:  Waterway No. 1 Design Meeting

September 16, 2005 - Letter to Arthur Lee Jacobson, Plant and Tree Expert

RE:  Waterway No. 1 Design Meeting

September 16, 2005 - Letter to Shane DeWald, Landscape Architect

RE:  Waterway No. 1 Design Meeting

September 15, 2005 - Public Meeting

Agenda for Waterway No. 1 Design Meeting Sponsored by LCC

September 2005 - Announcement of Public Meeting

Waterway No. 1 Meeting Announcement Flyer

March 14, 2005 - Letter to Libby and Doug Armintrout

Waterway No. 1