Our work at the Washington Park Arboretum includes the Pacific Connections Garden, the New Zealand Forest, and the Arboretum Trail and North Entry.
The Pacific Connections Garden is the first new exhibit of the Arboretum’s 20-year master plan, and features plants from regions along the Pacific Rim with a focus on New Zealand, Cascadia and the most prominent part of the Chilean Garden. Working with the public, Seattle Parks, UWBG and the Arboretum Foundation, we designed infrastructure, selected plantings and relocated collections to create an immersive experience indicative of each region.
For the North Entry, the Arboretum is embarking on creating a more graceful park entry that clearly announces arrival and the addition of a much needed, safe and accessible, two-mile-long, multi-modal trail along Lake Washington Boulevard. Berger Partnership led the development of the master plan design and will begin construction administration early next year. The project is currently out to bid.
Wetland delineation reports identify and locate all sensitive areas along the multi-use trail alignment including the daylighting of a 100-foot segment of Arboretum Creek, restoring several segments to increase habitat and enhance the existing wetlands. Work also includes improvements to the lake edge where Arboretum Creek meets Lake Washington.
Once completed, the multi-use trail, with a southern terminus at the intersection of Madison, will run along the east side of Lake Washington Boulevard connecting cyclists and pedestrians to the University of Washington campus. Public input included extensive meetings with neighbors, university and arboretum stakeholders, and transportation agencies.