Celebrate Yesler Swamp

The wonderful Yesler Swamp Trail with amenities such as a boardwalk and benches, will celebrate its completion on Sunday afternoon, October 16th, from 1 to 3 PM.

The Friends of Yesler Swamp invite everyone to the celebration on October 16th for the completion of the Yesler Swamp Trail.

The Yesler Swamp Boardwalk is a highly accessible route through the restoration area on Union Bay.

The Yesler Swamp Boardwalk is a highly accessible route through the restoration area on Union Bay.

The Yesler Swamp Trail begins at the east corner of the parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture at 3501 NE 41st Street.  At the five-way Union Bay Place intersection on NE 45th Street, turn south onto Surber Drive.  The CUH is located just past the curve in the road, and the Yesler Swamp trailhead is at the corner of the parking lot farthest from the CUH building.

The Yesler Swamp is named for Henry Yesler, one of Seattle’s early settlers, best known for his sawmill set up at the present site of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.  What is less-known is that in the 1880s, Yesler bought land from his friend Joe Surber in what is now Laurelhurst, to set up another sawmill on Union Bay.  The sawmill was at about the present site of the Center for Urban Horticulture building.

Dr. Fred Hoffer at a Yesler Swamp resting area overlooking Union Bay

Dr. Fred Hoffer at a Yesler Swamp resting area overlooking Union Bay

Over the past ten years a dedicated group, the Friends of Yesler Swamp, have coordinated volunteers and grant-funded projects to create this nature area and trail.  University of Washington students and many others have worked on the project.

The celebration will be on Sunday, October 16th, from 1 to 3 PM.  Enjoy refreshments, a Swamp Walk, and a short program to thank the many, many supporters of Yesler Swamp.

 Thanks to UW Botanic Gardens, the sponsor of the celebration. Please RSVP to UW Botanic Gardens HERE or atuwbgfac@us.edu.

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
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