Farrel-McWhirter Park - Mackey Creek Rehabilitation


Location: Farrel-McWhirter Park

Project Phase: Construction substantially complete

Estimated Timeline: Main construction is complete. Hydroseeding will take place in Spring 2019.

Project Manager: Bassam Al-Ali, 425-556-2743, bal-ali@redmond.gov

Page Last Updated: 11/14/18

Mackey Creek is a spring-fed, perennial creek that is about 2.65 miles long. It passes east to west through the middle of Farrel-McWhirter Park, joining Bear Creek a half mile to the east. Multiple issues related to the health of the stream were identified, including barriers to fish migration, bank erosion from high stream flows, deposits of sediment causing the creek to flow out of its channel, growth of invasive plants that have exacerbated flooding, and lack of in-stream woody debris.

The project work, which restored and enhanced Mackey Creek within Farrel-McWhirter Park, included:  

Stabilizing stream channel and improving stream habitat
Removing fish barriers
Reducing flooding and sediment problems
Controlling invasive plants, and planting native plants

Restored Mackey Creek
The new channel for Mackey Creek.

Mackey Creek used to flow through invasive reed canary grass.

The existing culvert, which is a barrier for fish, will be replaced in Summer 2019.


Click here to view a map of the Mackey Creek project area.