Through the combined efforts of the Friends of Yesler Swamp, UW Botanical Gardens staff Annemarie Bilotta and supervisor David Zuckerman we did it! Volunteers used hand tools and UW staff used machinery to make the volunteer effort easier. Last week volunteers removed 2 inches of soil along the 60 foot long 4.5 foot wide path.
Monday Annie, David and volunteers secured porous fabric over the dirt and then placed 4 inches of thick gravel on the trail. Tuesday Annie compacted it. Wednesday, today, we place an additional 2 inches of fine gravel on top and compacted it. Done!
Now the entire loop is accessible to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We have some tweaking to do on the entrance trail over the summer but a wheelchair did get down and up it safely on a tour two days ago. Once the entrance trail is finished to our satisfaction, the Friends of Yesler Swamp can hand the Yesler swamp and it’s trail over to the University of Washington Botanical Gardens.