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Later Efforts at Development
The Urban Trail System
In the early 1970s, King County proposed a series of interconnected pedestrian and bike routes called the Forward Thrust Urban Trail System. This trail would have followed Salmon Creek up to White Center, along Hicks Lake and east to the Duwamish Ridge and Green River trails. Hikers traveling west through Salmon Creek also could have linked up with a trail running along the shore - north along Marine View Dr, and south through Seahurst Park. This ambitious plan, at least the Burien portion, never fully materialized. Lack of coordination among entities, disagreement about trail use, litigation from property owners, funding, and other issues proved to be roadblocks to the original plan.

Bob Wise and the Salmon Creek Greenbelt
In 1988, Bob Wise and his committee led a three-year battle to prevent development of Salmon Creek. Construction equipment was already operating in the area, cutting trees and preparing the land for housing development. But even the would-be developers recognized the dangers inherent in trying to subdue this fragile environment, laced, as it is, with steep hillsides, unstable soils, and slippery slopes.

In 1990, the Salmon Creek Greenbelt was established, thanks to the efforts of Wise and his committee. King County took charge of 77 acres, the first piece of property to be preserved as part of the Washington State Open Spaces Initiative. In 1991, the Salmon Creek clean-up and improvement program began; over 1,000 seedlings were planted by volunteers. The road winding from the sewer plant up to Ambaum was filled with crushed rock, improving its marshy conditions.

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