East Prospect street end ready for improvements

Madison Park resident leading April work party to restore shoreline area

East Prospect street end ready for improvements

East Prospect street end ready for improvements

After years on pause, the East Prospect street end in Madison Park is going to get some TLC.

“We are really proceeding with developing the planting plan for the East Prospect street end,” said resident Gene Brandzel, who has been leading efforts to make shoreline street-end improvements in Madison Park for many years. He and his wife continue to steward the Beaver Lodge Sanctuary, a long-term habitat restoration project at the end of 37th Avenue South.

Efforts by the Madison Park Community Council to rehabilitate the East Prospect street end in 2015 were stymied by protests by a property owner to the north of the site.

“He was imposing all kinds of requirements on us to avoid having him make a big stink about it, so we just decided at that point the hassle wasn’t worth it,” Brandzel told MPT for a feature on shoreline street ends in February’s edition of the paper.

Now that the concerned party has sold, Brandzel is organizing an April work party to clear blackberry bushes and other invasive vegetation.

“It’s a big project, and it’s mostly blackberries that need to be removed,” Brandzel said.

The street-end project will be helped along with support by the city’s Trees for Seattle and Shoreline Street Ends programs in the form of tools, waste containers and volunteers. The Madison Park Community Council is also providing financial support.

“I think they have more tools than even Lowe’s does,” Brandzel said. “So SDOT is really pitching in, and the [Seattle] Tennis Club is really thrilled to have this going and are looking forward to helping.”

The tennis club has an entrance off 41st Avenue East that would benefit from an improved street end, Brandzel said, and has agreed to help keep it maintained.

The work party is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the end of East Prospect. People should wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to protect them from blackberries. Gloves will be provided, but people can also bring their own pair.

“This is not something you do in shorts and a T-shirt,” Brandzel said, “unless you like the sight of blood.”

Brandzel expects it will only take one party to clear the street end.

“And then we plan on planting in the fall, so we will have a final development plan, I would hope, in the next month or two,” Brandzel said. “It’s going to add a new touch to the neighborhood, because what we’re going to do is we’re going to try to make it a more natural site and try to attract more birds.”