To protect nearby private and public property from flooding — and to help Issaquah's iconic salmon — a restoration project is happening at Salmon Run Nature Park.
The 2.31-acre park, at Fifth Avenue Northwest and Northwest Juniper Street near Gilman Village, is a passive park with views of Issaquah Creek. The area was formerly known as the Darren Pritt property.
The project includes habitat restoration along 450 feet of stream, including the addition of more than 100 logs and stumps in the stream to provide pools and refuge for salmon. Excavation in the creek bank and floodplain will provide refuge for salmon during flooding.
Work will add gravel pedestrian pathways and viewpoints in both the City-owned park and along Gilman Village. In addition, bank stabilization along the Gilman Village creekside will address erosion problems.
Once the work is complete, volunteers and crews will plant native shrubs and trees in the park.
Construction starts in June 2016 and continues through the summer. Throughout the fall and winter, crews will add native vegetation to the site.
The project is funded by a $525,000 King County Flood Control District grant, other flood district funds and the City of Issaquah's stormwater utility.