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Stormwater/Erosion Control - June 14, 2019

Portions of Washington Park will be fenced off starting Monday, June 24, to restore severely eroded creek banks along a tributary to Salem Creek and to create a vegetated bioretention cell to filter runoff from the dog park.

The ball fields, playground, picnic shelter and parking lot off Broad Street will remain open. The dog park will be temporarily closed at the start of the project to relocate fencing and install the bioretention cell. A portion of the Salem Creek Greenway will be closed at a later time to replace a culvert under the greenway for the tributary. 

The project will restore and stabilize about 600 feet of the banks of a stream that passes through Washington Park and joins Salem Creek west of the dog park. This work includes removing trees, installing erosion control measures, grading severely eroded creek banks, installing stone grade-control structures, planting trees, shrubs and plugs, and reseeding.

The dog park bioretention cell will be a shallow vegetated area that collects and filters pollutants in stormwater before it flows into Salem Creek. Unlike stormwater retention ponds, these cells are designed to drain within 18 hours.  This work includes relocating dog park fencing, grading ditches and installing the bioretention cell.

Work is scheduled to begin in late June. Construction and planting installation is expected to continue through the end of the year.

Park users should avoid construction areas during their visits. Normal work hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information go to and search for "Washington Park Infrastructure Project" or call CityLink 311.

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