Riverview Trail Improvement Project (rTrip) is committed
to linking neighborhoods of South West Seattle through
a dedicated greenway trail, and revitalizing the largest
contiguous greenbelt in the city of Seattle, the West
Plan and Feasibility Study for the Riverview Trail have
been funded in part by the City of Seattle Department
of Neighborhoods and by King County.
West Duwamish Greenbelt reforestation project has been
funded in part by the King County Department of Natural
Resources and Parks, Washington Department of Natural
Resources and the USDA Forest Service through the Natural
Resource Stewardship Network.
Parks and Recreation has selected the West Seattle Greenbelt
as one of the "Green Seattle" partnership sites.
has chosen the West Duwamish Greenbelt as the location for their
Earth Day Event.
events continue into 2006.
working with the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail core team on the
"Dells and Ridges - East meets West" project. The National
Park Service’s Rivers and Trails program has awarded DNDA
a technical grant to come up with a concept plan for Longfellow
Creek Legacy Trail and Riverview Trail connections. Partners include:
First • DNDA • Neighorhood House • Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities • Seattle Parks & Recreation
Rivers & Trails, National Park Service (received technical
grant for 2006) •
Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail Steering Committee •
Longfellow Creek Watershed Council •
rTrip (Riverview Trail Improvement Project) • Megawatt
Schools: Highpoint Elementary - Sanislo -
Cooper Elementary - Sealth High School •
Cascade Bicycle Club • King County Metro Transit
the successful West Duwamish Environmental Summit in 2004, and a
series of fifteen volunteer events that began significant forest
restoration at the north end of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle
Parks selected the West Duwamish Greenbelt as one of the Green Seattle
Partnership sites starting in 2005. The Green Seattle Partnership
is a partnership with the City of Seattle (SPU and Seattle Parks)
and Cascade Land Conservancy to raise public awareness and attract
increased financial and volunteer resources. The goal of the partnership
is to remove ivy, replant and restore the most at risk 2500 acres
of Seattle's public forests. Senior Forester, Mark Mead, chose this
site and ten others due to current efforts, the support of the community
and the significance of the West Duwamish Greenbelt to the city's
were allocated in 2005 for EarthCorps to lead nine volunteer events
in the West Duwamish Greenbelt including one large event on June
3, 2005 with Deloitte Touche, which included 250 people. The other
eight events focused on drawing on the local community, including
a collaborative event with the Nature Consortium and South Seattle
Community College faculty and students.
2004 through 2005, rTrip was involved with the Nature Consortium
and the Soundway Preservation Group, a community effort to preserve
the seven acres in the Greenbelt known as Soundway West. The Soundway
group is preparing to sign an agreement with the City Council, Mayor,
and Seattle Parks to preserve the property as greenspace.
rTrip hosted the West Duwamish Environmental
Summit at South Seattle Community College, a forum to gather
together community members and organizations interested in the
environmental and historical issues regarding the West Duwamish
Greenbelt and surrounding watershed. Participants included:
River Clean-up Coalition • The Duwamish Tribal Council
Seattle Chinese Gardens • South Seattle Community
College • Seattle
Parks Urban Forester • Seattle Parks Trail Coordinator
Resources Stewardship Network (NRSN) • EarthCorps
• Washington Native
Plant Society • Clear the Air • Community Coalition
Justice • Seattle Audubon Society • The Nature
Consortium • Save the
Soundway Greenspace • Urban Wilderness Project •
Department of Ecology •
Port of Seattle • People for Puget Sound
a $23,000 King County Natural Resource Stewardship Network
grant for reforestation of 20+ acres in the West Duwamish
Greenbelt adjacent to the South Seattle Community College campus,
in partnership with Earthcorps.
to work with us in exploring the possibility of a wilderness trail
through the sensitive areas of the Greenbelt, and to assist with
Study shows that a dedicated trail to AASHTO standards
through Area A (the
northern-most leg of the trail through the Greenbelt) would be undesirable
due to impacts on sensitive areas.
Study progress through City of Seattle Interdepartmental
Disciplinary Team (IDT) meetings and Community
||Receive $10,000 grant
from King County as additional funding for the
||Receive a second
$10,000 matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods
to develop a Feasibility Study for the trail proposed
in the Master Plan including slopes, property ownership
and other issues.
|rTrip included in City
of Seattle Interdepartmental Disciplinary Team (IDT).
Velma Veloria tours and supports Riverview Trail
made PRIORITY on Delridge Neighborhood
|Submitted final Master
Plan to Department of Neighborhoods.
the first phase of the Master Plan, which includes
design of the trail through Riverview Park up to South Seattle Community
Community Meeting at Riverview Park
Landscape Architect Dave Ringstrom of Atelier, PS to assist in
the development of the
a Department of Neighborhoods $10,000 Small and Simple matching
grant to produce a Master Plan for a greenway
trail linking our South West Seattle neighborhood with the West
Duwamish Bike Trail and the regional trail network.
(the Riverview Trail Improvement Project) was formed.