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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

April 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM

A restful spot by the Duwamish River

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9:15 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
You wouldn’t expect to find this restful spot past loading docks, shipping containers and dead rail tracks next to the Duwamish River.
“Most people in Seattle I bet don’t even know the Duwamish River is there, and it’s beautiful,” says Cari Simson, program manager for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.
I was one of those people until today, when I found my way to this pocket park at Diagonal Ave. S. My presence scared a flock of geese away as soon as I arrived, but they made their way back by the time I was finishing the sketch. I enjoyed the interesting juxtaposition of urban, industrial and nature environments, which I got to experience even closer later in the morning while kayaking with Greg Whittaker, of Alki Kayak Tours (see sketch Thursday.)
Whittaker is one of more than 1,200 volunteers taking part on Saturday’s “Earth Day-Duwamish Alive!” cleanup effort along the river. At 12 different sites, people will be planting native species, removing weeds, clipping out blackberries and picking up garbage from kayaks and canoes.
For more information about how to participate visit www.duwamishcleanup.org.
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