|Lower Bear Creek "ox-bow" / BY|
(Look for the small Hartman Pool sign by the sidewalk on Avondale Road)
Grows by 1.6 Acres
Mackey Creek flows into Bear Creek on the next property north. This is the recent King County acquisition of 1.6 acres. It is on both sides of Bear Creek and will allow the confluence of Mackey Creek to be restored. Mackey Creek headwaters in the Redmond Watershed, flows through Ferrill McWhirter Park and then on to its confluence with Bear Creek. King County will be adding large wood to create pools and resting places for salmon and restoring the mouth of Mackey Creek.
Another interesting fact about this growing natural area is that it defines the urban growth boundary. Avondale to 124th is the Urban Growth line. The east side is rural and the west side is the City of Redmond. This natural area provides a green buffer between the rural and urban areas as well as protecting Bear Creek.
...a short story of the salmon fry released into Mackey Creek years past, by Mr. Sheridan and his Horace Mann students.