Needing some love: Whispering Willow Park

Friday, September 22, 2017

Whispering Willow Park in LFP
Photo by Jerry Pickard

By Diane Hettrick

Whispering Willow Park has gotten more than a little overgrown.

The park was densely planted with native plants, says Environmental Programs Manager Aaron Halverson, but some non-native plants have made their way into the gaps and along the trail.

Halverson said that those will be removed and the native plants trimmed in a couple of weeks.

Whispering Willow Park was never intended to be a manicured park. Acquired by the City of Lake Forest Park in 2014, it is part of the floodplain for Lyon Creek.

The house that was on the property was removed and the land restored as a nature park. It is a functional wetland which provides water quality and habitat benefits for the creek.

As a result, said Halverson, "There may be times when the park looks less appealing, like now after a long drought."

The park is located at 17038 44th Ave NE.


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