Wonderland Creek Greenways Improvement Project: Foothills Pkwy. to Winding Trail
The Wonderland Creek project construction began in January 2016. The project extends from Foothills Parkway in the south to Winding Trail Drive in the north. The purpose of this approximately $30M project (cost includes design and construction) is to provide 100-year channel improvements for this segment of the creek. By creating these improvements, the city will be reducing the flood risk to numerous structures and dwelling units that are currently located within the 100-year floodplain. In addition, we will be building three new underpasses (1. at the BNSF Railroad 2. Kalmia Ave. 3. 28th St.) to provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists as we extend the multi-use path system from Foothills Parkway to 30th St. In order to create these new features, approximately 450 trees have been removed along the project reach. Once the construction is complete, 1,884 new trees and shrubs will be replanted.
Current Project Status
The Wonderland Project is now substantially complete. The remaining efforts for this project are landscaping related only. Landscaping has ceased for this year's season and will resume in spring 2019. Remaining landscaping tasks include: irrigation repairs, replacement of any flora which did not survive the winter, and installation of flora which was not available during the 2018 planting season.
The existing 100-year floodplain along Wonderland Creek between Foothills Parkway and Winding Trail extends far beyond the creek banks and includes numerous structures. A 2009 flood mitigation master plan recommends flood improvements for this segment of Wonderland Creek.
A multi-use path connection is called for in the Greenways Master Plan and Transportation Master Plan from Foothills Parkway to 30th Street. The plans also call for a pedestrian and bicycle underpass at 28th Street. These two combined projects along Wonderland Creek will provide flood mitigation and trail improvements, fulfilling master plan goals.
Public Review and Input
- The final CEAP for the Wonderland Creek reach from Foothills Parkway to 30th Street was presented to the Greenways Advisory Committee Meeting on Aug. 31, 2010 and submitted to City Council on Oct. 8, 2010. Council concurred with the CEAP recommendations.
- The final CEAP for the Wonderland Creek reach from Diagonal Highway to Winding Trail was presented to the Greenways Advisory Committee Meeting on Oct. 11, 2012 and submitted to City Council February 2013. Council concurred with the CEAP recommendations.