Seahurst Park Seawall Removal Meeting Is Nov. 6th

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A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2008, to take citizen comment regarding proposed changes to the seawall on the north end of Seahurst Park.

As part of the City’s long-range master plan for the park, it is examining the feasibility and possible options for the removal of the park’s north seawall.

Anchor Environmental, which previously completed the park’s master plan, is conducting the feasibility study process.

The seawall was installed and constructed by King County in 1972 The park itself was purchased in the early 60s and managed by King County until 1993. Since 1972, when the seawall was built, much has been learned about shoreline and habitat protection. In 2002 Burien adopted the Seahurst Park Master Plan which called for over $11 million in renovation and restoration to return the park to its originally intended use, and to reverse environmental degradation.

With state, federal and local funding, the City began removing the south seawall and grading the shoreline to improve a key migratory corridor for juvenile Chinook salmon. As of 2006, the first phase was nearly completed, including removal of the south seawall, beach restoration and marine riparian plantings. Additional work this past year has focused on replacement of the decades-old restrooms, new trails, and new picnic areas as well as repairs to the south picnic shelter.

The public meeting will review the site analysis, as well as preliminary assessments and recommendations prepared by the City’s consultants. The meeting will be held at Burien Community Center, located at 425 SW 144th Street in Burien.

City staff and consultants will meet with the public again in January to further review and take comment on draft plans for the seawall removal project, the shoreline alternatives, the upland alternatives, cost estimates, and other considerations.

For information regarding this meeting and the feasibility study, contact Steve Roemer, park development and operations manager, at (206) 248-5513.

“The City wants the final plan for the north seawall area to serve the needs of the park’s many users while also protecting and enhancing the park as an environmental asset,” Roemer said

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