Farrel-McWhirter Park - Mackey Creek Rehabilitation


Location: Farrel-McWhirter Park

Project Phase: Design

Estimated Timeline:
Design: 2015 - 2016
Construction: Summer 2018

Project Manager: Tom Hardy, 425-556-2762, twhardy@redmond.gov

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 have arisen related to the health of the stream, 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 wood instream.

The City of Redmond is developing plans for restoration and enhancement of the streams and wetlands within Farrel-McWhirter Park. Work is projected to include:  

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

Mackey Creek flows through invasive reed canary grass.

Existing culvert is a barrier for fish.


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