‘Rain garden’ project not a done dealConsidering its safety and health issues, some local people think not.
The city is planning a "rain garden" drainage project, (large open ditch with artificial swamp in bottom), along the west side 104th Ave. W between Hickman Park and the Forest Glen neighborhood.
This is a narrow local street with no sidewalks, no traffic control devices, and no crosswalks. There is a narrow macadam walkway on the west shoulder of the road that was originally meant to accommodate children walking to school.
It has been taken over by casual parking for Klahaya Swim Club, the Restlawn Memorial Park and residences. It now also serves children walking to the playground and to the bus. Many use it for walking pets.
The planning for this project doesn't include any barrier between the ditch and the walkway. Water pooling in the bottom of the ditch seems likely to attract urban wildlife and produce hordes of mosquitoes.
All this next to a beautiful new playground that draws children from Forest Glen, Woodway Meadows, and the surrounding areas.
The city seems to assume this project is a "done deal". Considering its safety and health issues, some local people think not.
Forest Glen, Edmonds