Tukwila looking for name ideas for Duwamish habitat park

The City of Tukwila is looking for park name suggestions for the Chinook Wind and Duwamish Gardens habitat restoration sites on the Duwamish River.

These two habitat restoration sites along the Duwamish River in Tukwila eventually will become a passive park. City of Tukwila

The City of Tukwila is looking for park name suggestions for the Chinook Wind and Duwamish Gardens habitat restoration sites on the Duwamish River.

The sites are between East Marginal Way Sound and Tukwila International Boulevard.

Currently these are two separate projects on the river that will provide aquatic shelter for threatened Chinook salmon, other fish and wildlife species. Eventually, according to the city, they will be combined to make a passive park that will include walking trails, viewing areas with panoramic views of the river, a hand-carry boat launch, interpretive signage and art, a gathering circle, informal park lawn and small parking areas. It is expected that the Duwamish Gardens, on the east side, will be completed later this year and Chinook Wind, to the west, will be developed in the next few years, according to the city.

Like much of the surrounding area, these sites have historic and cultural importance, particularly to the native Duwamish people who called the area home until the 1850s when federal policies relocated them to reservations, according to the city.

The city has already preserved the nearby Duwamish Hill Preserve (also known as “Grandmother’s Hill”), which is an important landmark and part of the Duwamish’s creation story. Later, the sites became farms managed by prominent Tukwila families, such as the Carosino and Ray families who farmed the site for more than 100 years. The location also served as a community center for the area’s Italian-American immigrant community.

Ideas for names for this newest park can be emailed to Mike Perfetti at Mike.Perfetti@TukwilaWA.gov.

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