Blue Heron is a wonderful example of how we can protect the environment even with in a city. The park is bisected by McAleer Creek which is a salmon spawning ground. The park is set up to allow you to see the salmon coming up in the summer and the baby salmon before they leave to return to the sea.
Even the park benches are made of recycled materials.
Just noticed that the park guys had put up this scarecrow in Animal Acres Park to keep the birds away from the planting beds, which describe different ways of growing herbs and other interesting plants. This is definitely a "city" scarecrow.....not your typical American country 'crow!
The Burke-Gilman Trail runs between highway 522 and Lake Washington as it winds its way throught Lake Forest Park. The Burke-Gilman trail is managed by the City of Seattle south of 145th Ave NE. The trail, 27 miles in length, begins at 8th Avenue NW in Ballard and follows an old railroad right-of-way along the Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington. At Blyth Park in Bothell the trail becomes the Sammamish River Trail and continues for 10 miles to King County's Marymoor Park in Redmond. The picture of the water fountain was taken in Lake Forest Park near the intersection of Highway 522( Bothell Way) and Ballinger Way.
The city provided the land and commissioned several Boy Scouts to create the park. Credit for their various endeavors help them to earn their Eagle Scout award. The park is very small.....mostly for warmup and stretching before going jogging.
McAleer Creek is a salmon spawning ground that runs through Blue Heron Park. Informational plaques explain the area.
This the largest of the three parks. There are some interesting garden projects that go on here in addition picnic areas and another viewing area of McAleer Creek.