Footbridge, trail, art ahead as ‘natural drainage systems’ work expands to 24th/Kenyon

About a block east of Denny International Middle School, where SW Kenyon bends northward into 24th SW, a tangle of blackberry vines all but hides the public trail that leads to a footbridge over Longfellow Creek and, beyond, toward Delridge Way. Seattle Public Utilities is about to give the area a major makeover as part of its “natural drainage systems” work. SPU expects to start work this week that will result in:

*New walkway, bridge, and boardwalk to make it easier for people to get to nearby schools, homes, and bus stops

*Natural drainage systems to reduce pollution in Longfellow Creek

*Art installation to enhance the space and connect community to the creek

The artist is Brian Borrello from Portland. Here’s a rendering from the design presentation (which you can see in full here):

According to the construction alert SPU says it’s sent to neighbors, work will last about six months. The streets are expected to remain open but there will be pedestrian detours. This is part of a larger project that includes work along 24th further south, and will include work at Sylvan/Orchard, as explained in this “online open house.”

3 Replies to "Footbridge, trail, art ahead as 'natural drainage systems' work expands to 24th/Kenyon"

  • CoolBreeze June 22, 2022 (9:48 am)

    I stumbled upon this footbridge on an exploratory walk earlier this year.  The creek below the bridge was clogged with an old bicycle and other trash / debris. At the time, I wondered about all the work going into the Longfellow Creek drainage a bit further south on 24th while this spot was so neglected. It’s really great to see this plan. It looks like it will be beautiful! I’m so impressed that the city is making this effort.

    • OneTimeCharley June 22, 2022 (6:37 pm)

      I’m happy about it too. Hopefully it can become and remain a clean, safe community space for everyone once it is complete.

  • TR June 23, 2022 (5:17 pm)

    If you see it trashed up, take a pic and send it through the City via the City of Seattle’s Find It Fix It App 

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