We, Friends of Yesler Swamp, are getting closer this spring to seeing our dream come true. The workers from the Washington Conservation Corps have been closing the long awaited loop of the new boardwalk that will link the permanent west trail boardwalk and the temporary wood chipped east trail. On this portion of the boardwalk, you will gain a close-up view of the beaver lodge and the 350 new ground cover plants installed in the cove. This area will be “over high water” after April 15th as the lake rises to supply water for the Crittenden locks this spring, summer and fall.
The boardwalk in this area had to be modified by pounding vertical pilings 30 to 50 feet into the ground!
The stringers are cedar rather than treated wood so that the fish would not be exposed to any trace amounts of copper.
We have laid cedar planking over 2/3rd of this area.
The last third of the walkway in this area will be covered by open metal grating so the fish get enough light and the pedestrians gain enough traction.
This portion will be finished soon but we need donations from the community to complete it.
We are seeking additional grants to fund the completion of the east trail to make the whole system ADA compliant.