Change in plan for city’s Longfellow Creek challenges: Greenway options added

June 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm | In Delridge, Environment, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Last fall, city reps came to eastern West Seattle for three meetings on plans for reducing sewage overflows in Longfellow Creek, including potential raingardens and other types of “natural drainage.” The plans have evolved since then, Seattle Public Utilities is announcing this week, and they want your input on the next decisions that have to be made. For starters, SPU’s Susan Stoltzfus tells WSB, “further modeling and analysis” has shown the city that “the sewage overflows can be mostly controlled by making improvements to the existing storage tanks along Delridge Way and diverting some of the flow to King County’s system.”

That said, they are still pursuing “natural drainage” to help protect the creek “from polluted stormwater runoff which, even without sewage in it, can be more harmful to the health of the creek and the creatures that live in it.” And the new plan is for this to be installed along the route of a future greenway – a road improved for pedestrian/bicycle safety – that has yet to be chosen. If you live in the area – the city wants to hear from you.

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The map above shows the alternatives. SPU says everyone along the potential routes will get a survey in the mail asking what they think about the idea of a greenway and raingardens in their neighborhood – and a public meeting is planned, July 9th at Highland Park Improvement Club. (HP Action Committee has already announced that this meeting will be a substitute for what otherwise would have been its regular monthly meeting in late June.)

Information about the new proposals will be up on the city website within a few days, we’re told. In the meantime, if you live on one of the greenway routes, watch your mailbox – and if you have any interest in the project, plan to be at the July 9th meeting.

P.S. One greenway already is in the works, in North Delridge – SDOT published an update this week – and the city says it might be a candidate for after-the-fact natural-drainage projects.


  1. I live on the 26th Ave SW area where the greenway is already planned, but I was always curious — why are these few blocks the only ones in the area without curbs and sidewalks (between SW Brandon and SW Juneau)?
    The speed humps have helped considerably, by the way, although there are still what sounds like late-night drag races going northbound from 26th Ave SW and SW Graham St.

    Comment by Thomas — 6:34 pm June 19, 2013 #

  2. Makes little sense: Certain proposed alternatives are not even within the main drainage area for the Creek. Guess it’s good enough by government standards.

    Comment by Dave — 6:38 pm June 19, 2013 #

  3. I agree, Dave. Why doesn’t SDOT work with the existing Longfellow Creek trail route, which goes along city streets for quite some way south of the current greenway endpoint? I’ve worked out a google map with some ideas:,-122.357697&spn=0.034155,0.043859

    WSB, is there contact info to comment on this plan for folk who can’t make the meeting?

    Comment by Amber — 10:29 am June 27, 2013 #

  4. The webpage has since been launched – scroll all the way down to the bottom:

    Comment by WSB — 10:37 am June 27, 2013 #

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