[Tweeters] New access-restriction fences installed at Seattle's Union Bay Fill

William Driskell bdriskell at comcast.net
Thu Oct 7 14:37:31 PDT 2021


Today, as part of the continuing 520 bridge mitigation project, some
replacement restoration  plantings are being installed at various places
through the Fill area.  To protect these new plantings in this publicly
popular habitat, fences were also installed.  Regrettably, the fences
block access to the east, west and center viewpoints of the lake (see
map at
The fencing is described by the UBNA director, David Zuckerman, as
"temporary and will be removed once the plants have had a chance to root

Personally, I'm disappointed that some unique views will be restricted. 
However, in the larger perspective, this is only another momentary blip
in the decades-long history of dramatic changes at the Union Bay Natural
Area, i.e., wetland, student housing, landfill, parking lot, restoration
area, mitigation project, urban birding paradise.

Closing thought: wouldn't it be nice to have these restricted
popular-viewpoint areas eventually accessible via boardwalks ala Yesler
Swamp or Marymoor?  Easy viewing access without the traffic impact.

William Driskell
Seattle WA

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