The city of Sammamish has turned a 179-acre area of wetland on 224th Avenue Northeast into a community park, complete with a 2.6-mile trail system that snakes around and through wetlands and meadows.
“Evans Creek Preserve is a regional park, especially for residents of Sammamish, Redmond, Duvall, Issaquah and Fall City,” said city parks project manager Kellye Hilde. “Our ultimate goal is to do an outdoor classroom. It’s not just for hiking, but stewardship programs and learning about the ecosystems and waterways. It’s an environmentaleducation destination.”
The City of Sammamish needed a bridge structure to span Evans Creek and create a path for tourists to travel from the parking lot to the main section of the park. The City worked with Gray & Osborne, Inc., the structural engineer, to find a solution.
A Continental Pedestrian Truss Bridge from Contech was chosen because it’s long, clear spans minimize intrusion into environmentally sensitive areas. It was also a more cost-effective solution when compared with the alternatives. Tiger Construction and Excavation installed the bridge in less than two hours.
“The prefabricated bridge exceeded the City’s expectations,” said Hilde. “The completed bridge was beautifully designed and fit the project perimeters perfectly.”
The Grand Opening of Evans Creek Preserve was in October with more than 200 guests in attendance.