Places for Pondering Meadowbrook's Wetlands

Seattle, Washington

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Here at this corner in northeast Seattle two natural sites lie hidden behind unassuming facades just across the street from each other. One, the Meadowbrook Community Center wetlands, is small, shady, and a little wild; the other, the Seattle Public Utilities’ Meadowbrook detention pond, is larger, wide-open, and well stocked with benches and overlooks. Together they can be easily walked in an hour, but leave enough time to explore. First, the wetland. Nothing about the low, squared-off building or flat green ball fields beside the Meadowbrook Community Center suggests a place for nature adventure. But get away from the parking lot up the sloped sidewalk (1) to the right of the Center, and pay attention—what’s the trickle of water you’re hearing, and where is it headed? Are the tips of fir trees in the distance in a local backyard? Or are they hints that maybe, past the asphalt and pavement, a wilder Meadowbrook exists? As you walk along this sidewalk and pass behind the building, notice the mix of native trees and ground covers.

Places for Pondering: Meadowbrook's Wetlands Professional Review and Guide

"Here at this corner in northeast Seattle two natural sites lie hidden behind unassuming facades just across the street from each other. One, the Meadowbrook Community Center wetlands, is small, shady, and a little wild; the other, the Seattle Public Utilities’ Meadowbrook detention pond, is larger, wide-open, and well stocked with benches and overlooks. Together they can be easily walked in an hour, but leave enough time to explore.

First, the wetland. Nothing about the low, squared-off building or flat green ball fields beside the Meadowbrook Community Center suggests a place for nature adventure. But get away from the parking lot up the sloped sidewalk (1) to the right of the Center, and pay attention—what’s the trickle of water you’re hearing, and where is it headed? Are the tips of fir trees in the distance in a local backyard? Or are they hints that maybe, past the asphalt and pavement, a wilder Meadowbrook exists? As you walk along this sidewalk and pass behind the building, notice the mix of native trees and ground covers."

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Places for Pondering: Meadowbrook's Wetlands

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