Family Exploration of Brightwater Trails and Natural Area – Join IslandWood educators in a series of fun exploratory videos of Brightwater. Print a field journal and come visit the trails/natural area, which are open to the public dawn until dusk each day.
The Brightwater Center and open space is King County’s promise to its neighbors that the state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant is a community amenity.
Three miles of public trails connect the Brightwater Center to the art, restored riparian habitat, and stormwater treatment landscapes.
In addition, the Brightwater Center landscape contains:
Salmon habitat and wetlands
- 43 acres of restored salmon habitat, wetlands and reforestation area;
- 29,000 square feet of pond habitat
- 1,300 feet of restored stream corridor
- 350 feet of created stream corridor
- A natural storm water filtration that improved quality of flows to Little Bear Creek
- An amphibian shelf and ladder system built between two open wetland systems
Native plants and vegetation
- 300,000 native plants on site
- 70 acres of landscaped open space & wildlife habitat devoted to public open space
- Mature vegetation that was retained throughout the site
- 200 trees and root wads re-used from the site and the Route 9 construction project
The Brightwater Center is also an Audubon annual bird count location.