SR 530 Mudslide Memorial

Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been working with families of victims, survivors and responders of the March 22, 2014, SR 530 Mudslide to develop a concept and initial design for a memorial to those who were lost in the tragic event. In support of the families and survivors, a website has been dedicated to the project

Parks has been working with a professional Interpretive Team at MIG/Portico to develop a conceptual design based on the feedback from our meetings with the families, survivors and responders. The design is based on the principals of ADROIT, or the idea that visitors to an educationally and emotionally intense place will move through predictable stages of Arrival, Decompression, Reception, Orientation, Interpretation, and Transition/Transformation. 

This page dedicated to project updates and documents, and will be updated regularly, as the design is developed. 

Project Updates:

SR 530 Mudslide Memorial - Design and Interpretive phase in progress

East Flagpole Repair and Stabilization - Structural Evaluation in progress

Memorial Spruce Removal and Storage - Completed

Other Memorial Elements on the Whitehorse Trail - Concept and Location development in progress

All acquisitions, plans and site developments are subject to funding availability and subject to Snohomish County Executive and County Council approval.

Steelhead Drive Gate

Design Concept

Parks has held six meetings with the families of victims, three meetings with survivors and two meetings with first responders and community responders. The following concept has been derived from those meetings. Following a design charrette with families and survivors, a concept refinement has been developed by MIG/Portico, a local interpretive design consulting team who have added therapeutic design elements to the plan.
At this time, all design ideas are conceptual. Parks will continue meeting with families, survivors, responders and volunteers to further refine the design and develop content for the Memorial.

SR 530 Mudslide Memorial Design Plan

​Project Funding

Parks staff estimates the total cost of the SR 530 Mudslide Memorial somewhere between $6-7 Million and has set aside seed money to begin the process of design. Additional funding will be needed to complete the necessary studies, civil design and engineering of the site. Additional improvements include installing a low barrier along the Whitehorse Regional Trail to discourage trail users and Memorial visitors from accessing the mudslide area. Parks is also working with a structural engineering team from Chudgar Engineering to preserve the First Responder flag pole and build a permanent foundation for it. If enough money is raised for the project, additional funds will be placed in a long-term Maintenance and Operation endowment. Details of the Fundraising Plan can be found in the SR 530 Mudslide Memorial Fundraising Packet.

Donations for materials, services or funds can be accepted through the Snohomish County Parks Donation Fund. All proceeds collected for the SR 530 Mudslide Memorial will be 100 percent dedicated to the project. Please contact one of the staff members below for additional information about donations, or visit the project website

Project Contacts

Sharon Swan, Principal Planner
6705 Puget Park Drive
Snohomish, WA 98296
(425) 388-6616

Kevin Teague, Senior Planner
6705 Puget Park Drive
Snohomish, WA 98296
(425) 388-6609

Amy Lucas, Senior Planner
6705 Puget Park Drive
Snohomish, WA 98296
(425) 388-6620