Ravenna Creek Alliance

Specific Info:
Existing and New Segments (See Aerial Photo)
  • Upper Fork: The upper fork is characterized by steep ravine walls. A trail parallels the creek.
  • North Fork: The North Fork.
  • Lower Fork: The lower fork contains enough flow to support Fish.
  • New Segments: These segments will be daylighted.
    • Reach 1: "Ravenna Creek Daylighting in Ravenna Park." This reach is within Ravenna Park beginning at the former Grate, then skirts the ballfields to the east and south and terminates at the funnel - the exit of the creek from the surface. The design of this segment is the Alternative 1 Redesign. Some Reach 1 Construction Photos as well as Post-Construction Photos have been posted.
    • Reach 2-6: These reaches are getting placed in the King County pipeline. This segment will incorporate artwork by Mark Brest van Kempen, all of which are in the works now. A creek window is actually going to be level with the sidewalk, where it will give pedestrians a view of Ravenna Creek passing below. This graphic also shows a portion of the blue line that will mark the presence of the creek below the surface, where it is below the surface. A funnel is the exit of the creek from the surface, accompanied with natural sound effects, and entrance into the box culvert at the southern edge of the park. The seed capsules marked by the emblem will be buried beneath the sidewalk, made of a material that will shatter if disturbed and distribute whatever kind of native plant seeds back to the environment. The blue line - text shows the letters spelling out Ravenna Creek along the blue line, to identify it as you walk along the route.
  • The Slough: The University Slough flows through Montlake Fill. See the Before and After Photos of the Ravenna Creek release.
  • Union Bay: Union Bay.

Proposed Routes for Missing Segments
    PROPOSED ROUTE 1 - "University Village." Approximates route of creek during most of 20th Century. (route map)
  • Reach 1: This reach is within Ravenna Park beginning at the Grate, then skirts the ballfields to the east and south.
  • Reach 2: This reach goes under NE 55th Street in a fish-passable culvert.
  • Reach 3: This reach goes down Ravenna Place NE within the street right of way.
  • Reach 4: This reach goes under the intersection of Blakely and 25th Ave. NE in a fish-passable culvert.
  • Reach 5: This reach goes parallel to the Burke-Gilman Trail within a 20' easement offered to the Alliance by owners of the Silver Cloud Motel, then south through a park being negotiated by Seattle Parks Dept., continuing south through University of Washington housing.
  • Reach 6: This reach goes through the University Village Shopping Center, exiting via the existing box culvert under NE 45th St. to the University Slough which flows through Montlake Fill to Union Bay.

    PROPOSED ROUTE 2 - "25th Avenue NE." (route map)
  • Reach 1: This reach is within Ravenna Park beginning at the Grate, then skirts the ballfields to the east and south.
  • Reach 2: This reach goes under NE 55th Street in a fish-passable culvert.
  • Reach 3: This reach goes down Ravenna Place NE within the street right of way.
  • Reach 4: This reach goes under Blakely Ave. at the intersection of 25th Ave. NE in a fish-passable culvert.
  • Reach 5: This reach goes south parallel to 25th Ave. NE to the NE 45th Street bridge.
  • Reach 6: This reach goes east under the bridge, exiting via the existing box culvert under NE 45th St. to the University Slough which flows through Montlake Fill to Union Bay.

    PROPOSED ROUTE 3 - "Burke-Gilman." RCA-preferred route, developed in 1998. (route map)
  • Reach 1: This reach is within Ravenna Park beginning at the Grate, then skirts the ballfields to the east and south.
  • Reach 2: This reach goes under NE 55th Street in a fish-passable culvert.
  • Reach 3: The reach goes East one block on 54th then South two blocks on 24th. Creek within the street right of way.
  • Reach 4: This reach goes along the North side of Blakeley Ave. until the street ends. Then the creek passes under the Burke-Gilman Trail.
  • Reach 5: This reach goes south parallel to the Burke-Gilman Trail and then around the University Motor Pool on the North and East sides.
  • Reach 6: This reach goes East in a fish-passable culvert under the 45th Street Viaduct, to the existing box culvert underneath NE 45th St. to University Slough.

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