PHOTOS: Some scenes of – and an update on – Restoration Work at Seahurst Park

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Above is the “plan view” of what a new playground new shelter area will look like after the project is finished at Burien’s Seahurst Park. The new site will shift the turnaround further to the south but will provide for the same amount of parking as was available previously.

Restoration work continues at the site, and thanks to Burien Parks here are some photos of what’s going on at the park, closed since Oct. 28 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):











As we previously reported, this project will improve marine habitat for salmon and other endangered species, restore natural sediment processes, the beach to pre-seawall conditions and the park’s recreational features.

Phase 1 removed about 1,000 feet of seawall and Phase 2 will nearly double that, removing about 1,800 feet of the armoring. Corps Project Manager Leah Wickstrom announced the Corps awarded a $6.2 million construction contract September 6 to California-headquartered CKY Inc, a civil and environmental construction company with a Seattle office.

Here are the latest updates from the project website:

UPDATE: November 22, 2013
For the week of Thanksgiving, there will be limited construction work with no construction occurring after noon on 11/27. There will be NO night time work during the week of November 25-29.

UPDATE: November 19, 2013
A temporary noise variance for the Seahurst project has been granted by the City of Burien to allow completion of portions of the shoreline work that are affected by tidal fluctuations, such as removal of gabion baskets, beach sand and riprap below the mean higher high water line beginning on Monday November 18, 2013 and extending through Thursday December 5, 2013. Additional dates and times will be required during the contractor’s window of in-water work, which extends into February 2014. Pursuant to Burien Municipal Code 9.105.400, a variance to noise standards for construction projects may be issued if it is determined after consideration of the relative interests of the applicant, other owners or possessors of property likely to be affected by the noise, and the general public, that the noise occurring or proposed to occur does not endanger health and safety of a substantial number of persons. The variance was requested by the contractor to allow construction work to occur during low tide events to minimize erosion effects and turbidity generation. There will be no delivery or off-haul of any material during the off-hour operations, unless previously arranged and lights will be positioned so as not to disrupt the neighboring community. All work performed in the shoreline area is being performed in conformance with the permits obtained from the City of Burien, Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Updates on the night work hours will be posted at the adjacent neighborhood entrances; these and other project updates will continue to be posted at

UPDATE: November 12, 2013
Construction equipment can be heard out at Seahurst Park, as the initial stages of site clearing and grubbing has begun with the removal and demolition of the smaller park elements. Prior to this work, the contractor needed to spend a short time coordinating with utility providers, performing final surveys, as well as confirming the scope of project work, existing conditions and park assets. The heavy lifting, such as removal of the seawall, is anticipated to begin in 2 to 3 weeks, with material removal and export mostly being transported by barge.

“We are appreciative of the community’s cooperation by not entering the park, which compromises the contractor’s ability to perform work and also maintain a safe work site.”

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