Ravenna Creek Daylighting in Ravenna Park, Seattle, WA 2006

Urban spring-fed creek is removed from the sewer system, where it was terminated in the 1950s, and daylighted within an existing park playfield in Northeast Seattle. After 10+ years of advocacy by community members and the Ravenna Creek Alliance, daylighting of Ravenna Creek becomes reality in 2006, with support and funding from King County Metro and Seattle Parks Department.

GAYNOR design creates 860 lineal feet of diverse stream channel habitats, restores wetlands, regrades 4.5 acres to natural topography, revegetates site with diverse native plants, improves pedestrian access and circulation, incorporates public art and retains existing Little League baseball field. Constructed for approximately $1.1 million, this ground-breaking urban creek project continues to provide research and analysis opportunities for nearby University of Washington faculty and students.