destination maritime: duwamish river parks

Duwamish Hill Preserve

The Duwamish River is a microcosm of Seattle’s History. Herrings House, located in a park along the river, named for a Duwamish village once located nearby, is the site of efforts to restore salmon habitat through site cleanup and re-vegetation of native plants. The Duwamish Tribe opened a Longhouse and Cultural Center in 2009 across the road from Terminal 107 park, the first Native longhouse constructed in Seattle in over 150 years. – Excerpt from Destination Maritime brochure. Click here to download the full brochure.

Just a bit farther south, the Cascade Land Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Tukwila and friends groups, opened an 8.6 acre park called the Duwamish Hill Preserve in September 2010. A place of historical, cultural and ecological importance, the preserve serves as an outdoor classroom for students, a culturally significant location for Native Americans and an example of successful partnerships among community members and public and private partners. The Duwamish Riverbend Hill restoration project, funded in part through 4Culture’s annual Heritage programs, includes a recently completed heritage site map for the preserve. These materials are available at kiosks on the property and at the Tukwila Community Center, which is located half a mile from the Hill. To learn more about the Duwamish Hill Preserve, including how to get involved, visit

Image: Duwamish Riverbend Hill © 2010, courtesy of Cascade Land Conservancy.

Post updated 3/4/2011.