Duwamish Hill Preserve, 3800 S. 115th St., Tukwila, WA 98168

Owned by City of Tukwila

The Duwamish Hill Preserve is a 10.5 acre parcel of historical, cultural and ecological significant land in Tukwila. The Duwamish Hill Preserve serves as an outdoor classroom for students, a gathering place for restoration volunteers, a culturally significant location for Native Americans and an example of a successful partnership between community members and public and private partners.

The preserve now includes an outdoor classroom area, established trail and continued restoration opportunities for volunteers. The Duwamish Hill Preserve is managed as a public open space preserve dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of its rich Native American cultural history, ecological importance and community impact.

Creation of the Preserve In 2001, Forterra, the City of Tukwila and local citizen group Friends of the Hill formed a partnership to work towards the preservation of a 10.5 acre parcel slated for industrial development. The land was successfully acquired in 2004 by the Forterra (then Cascade Land Conservancy) and the City of Tukwila. In September 2010, after many years of hard work by volunteers, the Duwamish Hill Preserve was officially opened to the public

Due to its elevated position above the Duwamish River, the Hill offered a vantage point from which Native Americans could watch for incoming groups and communicate with fellow tribe members along the Duwamish River Valley. Additionally, the Hill is associated with the southern Puget Sound Salish oral tradition as the key location in the stories collectively known as the “Epic of the Winds” as the location of Chinook Wind’s mother’s home:

The hill from which the preserve gets its name is a glacial remnant and within the preserve many species of flora and fauna that are rarely seen along the banks of the Duwamish River can be found.

The Duwamish Hill Preserve offers visitors stunning views of Mt. Rainier, the Duwamish River and the Duwamish Valley from the trail that winds through the preserve. Benches line the trail for those seeking rest while enjoying the views. The trail is short and does climb with an elevation of 180 feet.
The Friends of the Hill make up a core group of dedicated volunteers that host monthly restoration work parties at the Hill and offer local community members a chance to contribute to the restoration of this amazing preserve. For more information on when these restoration volunteer opportunities take place, please visit our events page. For more information or questions visit www.forterra.org

Nicole Marcotte, Forterra
Phone: 206-905-6909
Email: nmarcotte@forterra.org