Friday, January 25, 2013

Our Pacific Northwest: Ramps to Nowhere Will Be No More

Our Pacific Northwest

Ramps to Nowhere Will Be No More

Northwest News reported yesterday that the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle will soon be undergoing some tremendous changes. With a combined effort of the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee, the infamous “ramps to nowhere” built within the arboretum in the 1960's will finally be torn down. The freeway project was halted five decades ago due to resistance from local citizens and environmentalists. Along with the dismantling of these giant concrete and rebar structures, an additional $20 million of improvements will be made to the arboretum, which is home to 10,000 species of plants and animals. According to the report, improvements to what many consider one of Seattle’s greatest gems include a new trail system which will loop through the park, as well as restoring creek beds and improving botanical features. The project announced in a press conference yesterday is long-awaited vindication for those who first fought to preserve a majestic landmark of our Pacific Northwest.

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