Influence of the Confluence Celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016

It has been a year since the major reconfiguration of the creek bed and flood plain of Thornton Creek at Meadowbrook.  A festival event on Saturday, June 11th, sponsored by Thornton Creek Alliance, will offer education and info about the watershed along with food, fun and music.

Confluence festival poster.June 11 2016The Thornton Creek watershed of northeast Seattle has two main branches, north and south, which converge at NE 107th Street near the arterial 35th Ave NE.  This area is called The Confluence and in recent years, during heavy rainfall the creekbed would overflow, flooding 35th Ave NE and nearby homes.

Beginning in 1996, Meadowbrook Pond at NE 107th Street has been improved and enlarged several times as a place to accommodate flood waters.  The most recent improvements completed in 2015 created a new two-acre flood plain and meandering channel to better slow the flow, filter the water and prevent downstream flooding.

A bridge on 35th Ave NE at NE 107th Street with the Meadowbrook flood plain below. The ground was spread with coconut fiber mats to prevent erosion until plants could take hold.

A bridge on 35th Ave NE at NE 107th Street with the Meadowbrook flood plain below. The ground was spread with coconut fiber mats to prevent erosion until plants could take hold.

In addition to reducing local flooding, the Confluence Project in 2015 was done to help restore water quality, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and make the Confluence more visible to the public to create awareness of the environment.  Instead of being hidden in culverts and choked by vegetation, the creek now flows under a bridge of 35th Ave NE with the meandering channel visible.

While technically not a park, Meadowbrook Pond is a user-friendly Seattle Public Utilities accessible area with walking paths.  The Pond is on the east side of 35th Ave NE with its entrance marked by signage and boulders, directly across the street from the Meadowbrook Community Center.

Meadowbrook Pond entrance on 35th Ave NE

Meadowbrook Pond entrance on 35th Ave NE

The Influence of the Confluence festival will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 2 to 6 PM.  Everyone is invited to come out for music, food trucks, tours, exhibits and childrens activities as we consider what has been accomplished in the Thornton Creek watershed since the major reconfiguration at The Confluence.

Parking is available at the Meadowbrook Community Center or at Nathan Hale High School – from there, walk along the creek toward Meadowbrook Pond on the east side of 35th Ave NE.

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
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2 Responses to Influence of the Confluence Celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016

  1. I like the drive down 35th Ave NE, and have often wondered how the Confluence is faring. We had a similar project up my way, at Cromwell Park in Shoreline. A nice wetland replaced a place of regularly sodden ground, and now waterfowl, amphibians, and other critters abound. A year isn’t long enough for the Confluence to mature, but hopefully it’s well on the way.

  2. The Confluence being somewhat hidden, and technically not a park, has made the improvements somewhat more difficult to understand. I am very glad that Thornton Creek Alliance has organized the festival this year at the Meadowbrook Pond as it has been a hidden gem.

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