Public Meeting On Seahurst Park North Seawall April 1st

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Do you have an opinion on the proposed changes to the seawall on the north end of Seahurst Park?

If so, your chance to speak up will be at 6pm on Wednesday, April 1st, during a city public meetig to take citizen comments.

As part of the City’s long-range master plan for the park, it has been evaluating 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, and here are some important elements to consider:

  • 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.
  • In December of 2008 the first phase was completed, including removal of the south seawall, beach restoration and marine riparian plantings. Additional work focused on replacement of the decades-old restrooms, new trails, and new picnic areas as well as repairs to the south picnic shelter.
  • More info on the seawall at this website.

The public meeting will review the site assessments and recommendations for the north end of Seahurst Park prepared by the City’s consultants.

The meeting will be held at Burien Community Center, located at 425 SW 144th Street in Burien.

For information regarding this meeting and the feasibility study, contact Steve Roemer, Park Development and Operations Manager, at (206) 248-5513.

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