Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project improves habitat for Lake Washington salmon

The Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project in Beer Sheva Park is near completion.  This is the same Mapes Creek that flows through Kubota Garden and Sturtevant Ravine.

In early 2014, Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, began a project to reroute Mapes Creek from entering a sewer pipe and take it in its own dedicated pipe to Beer Sheva Park and Lake Washington in support of salmon habitat.  The project required installing several hundred feet of a pipe under the 52nd Ave walkway and S Henderson St. and building a new natural creek channel in the park where the pipe could release the water to flow into the lake.

The restored connection to the lakeshore is important to juvenile Chinook salmon who migrate from the Cedar River to Puget Sound along the lakeshore.  They use creek mouths to feed and rest on their long journey to salt water.

The creek restoration project also includes a new pathway, pedestrian bridge and public art by John Grade.  A celebratory opening event will be planned next spring.

The Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project was a joint project with SPU’s 52nd Ave. S. Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Reduction Project.