Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

sweetwater creek waterwheel park

A sustainable,  ADA accessible park renovation and expansion in the heart of Belfair, WA.

Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park is a renovation and expansion of a park project on Sweetwater Creek next to Belfair Elementary School and across highway 3 from the Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve Center. Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel park is designed to be sustainable, accessible and enhance both public spaces for our community as well as the natural ecosystem of the project location. This park will include the only freshwater ADA fishing access in Mason County!

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Project Goals & Highlights

Free and ADA accessible public park in Belfair, WA

Located near transit lines, public library, grocery stores, and other public trail systems

Sustainable design with solar panels and hydropower

Updating and building new bridges and trails

Removal of trash and other hazardous materials currently at project site

ADA freshwater fishing access and new dock

Waterwheel Interpretive center

Nature playground 

Invasive plant removal and native plant installation

Gardens and native plant installations that benefit native bugs, pollinators, birds and fish

Volunteer and environmental stewardship opportunities

Education opportunities

Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park Master Plan

Below is an overview of the park plans which includes some of the features listed above.

Nature Playground Plans

This is the plan and concept for Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park’s nature playground. Rather than building slides, swings, and other typical plastic playground structures, kids will be inspired to interact and have an adventure with the natural features of this playground, such as boulders, logs and rocks.

Project Vision

These are more current photos of the project site along with photos of our future vision for the park.

Before

Current condition of Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel

After

Dalby Waterwheel – HCSEG partnered with DOT for this project, and it is an example of our vision for the Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel restoration.

Before

Current condition of Sweetwater Creek Pond – the water is inaccessible due to an infestation of invasive Himalayan Blackberry.

After

Dalby Waterwheel – HCSEG partnered with DOT for this project, and it is an example of our vision for the Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel restoration.

Before

Current condition of Sweetwater Creek Pond – the water is inaccessible due to an infestation of invasive Himalayan Blackberry.

After

ADA accessible, wooden bridge concept that will be implemented for the 3 bridges in park design.

Project Location

Help us build Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park! Every donation helps. If you are a local business who would like to submit a letter of support for this project, please contact alexandra@pnwsalmoncenter.org.

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