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On this first day of fall, September 22, 2016 the Friends of Yesler Swamp with the help of the staff of the UW Botanic Gardens and supervisors from the Washington Conservation Corps completed two days of intensive work on the upland entrance trail to modify the trail’s 10% sloping grade so that it now meets ADA specifications for accessibility. As pictured here today, we incorporated two level resting areas and a level switchback to accommodate for a lessor 8.33% sloping grade between the resting areas.

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Each of these 5 foot flat resting areas is demarcated by 4 inch high kick boards secured by rebar.

The remaining portions of the entrance trail and other Yesler Swamp upland trails and boardwalks have less than a 5% sloping grade which makes for easy travel by wheelchair.  About half of the boardwalk is five feet wide which allows wheelchairs to pass at any point. In other sections where the boardwalk is four feet wide, there are “pullouts” to allow wheelchairs to pass.

Friends of Yesler Swamp is pleased to complete this trail so it can be used by everyone. To celebrate this accomplishment, on Sunday October 16th from 1 to 3 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens will publically thank us and our many supporters and volunteers. This event will take place at the Center for Urban Horticulture 3601 NE 41st St. Seattle,WA. Please join us in this celebration.

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