Magnuson Park Wetlands and Athletic Fields

Seattle, WA
  • Honor Award (Environmental) - Engineering Excellence Awards, American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington
  • Best Park Design Award, Washington Recreation & Park Association

Civil site design for the transformation of 11.3 hectares (28 acres) of scrubland within an existing city park into four different wetland habitats and five new athletic fields. Naturalistic engineering solutions such as “leaky berms” and “willow wattles” are used as hydraulic control features for newly daylighted and cleaned stormwater. The water is guided on its journey across the site to a nearby lake in a daisy-chain flow through 63 new interconnected “rice paddy” ponds. MKA’s cutting-edge hydrologic model aided in the creation of these very rare manmade wetlands.

ARCHITECT: Berger Partnership
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