SvR, in partnership with Friends of the Hill, Cascade Land Conservancy, and the City of Tukwila has been selected to receive the John D. Spellman Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation for its “exemplary work to preserve and interpret the Duwamish Hill Preserve.” Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP, and Tom von Schrader, PE, LEED AP, will attend a ceremony on Friday, June 17th, 2011 to receive the award from County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Landmarks Commission.
Duwamish Preserve Hill is a 9-acre nature park on an unusual outcropping of bedrock rising beside the Duwamish River. The property is culturally significant to the Muckleshoot and Duwamish tribes for its association with Southern Puget Sound Salish oral tradition and mythology. Working with the tribes, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the City of Tukwila, SvR developed a phased master plan and detailed designs for the first phase, including trails, interpretives, viewpoints, and an outdoor classroom. Phase 1 was constructed in 2009-2010. Design of Phase 2 is underway.