PHOTOS: Major progress being made at Seahurst Park Beach Restoration Project
On Thursday afternoon (Dec. 5), members of the media were given a tour of the restoration project at Burien’s Seahurst Park, so BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer donned a hard hat and took some photos.
As we previously reported, this extensive project will improve marine habitat for salmon and other endangered species, restore natural sediment processes, restore the beach to pre-seawall conditions, and upgrade the park’s recreational features.
Below is the “plan view” of what a new playground new shelter area will look like after the project is finished. The new site will shift the turnaround further to the south but will provide for the same amount of parking as was available previously (click image to see larger version):
Here are photos of the work being done as of Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
“Substantial progress is being made on the removal of the seawall, with the southern half recently removed and the remainder to be completed over the next couple of weeks,” reads an update on the city’s website. “The large rock rip rap is being removed from the beaches below the seawall and much grading and excavation is occurring in the upland and along the shoreline.”
The critical work of permanently relocating utilities within and throughout the park will be a focus, as currently there are temporary services being provided to the Environmental Science Center and the Marine Technology Lab.
Night work for the next few weeks will continue, and is occurring on Monday through Thursday nights as needed.
There is no night work scheduled for weekends, and there will be no night work Dec. 23 – 26 or Dec. 31 – Jan. 1.
The contractor is still experiencing unauthorized trespassing into the work site by local residents, which is causing safety concerns.
“Please help us spread the word that the park is closed, that all the shoreline areas have been clearly posted and trespassing into the construction zone will not be allowed.”
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.
Work is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2014.
To view what this major construction and restoration project will look like, view this short 2-minute video about the restoration work done in 2004-2005. Another video from 2007 includes an interview with former parks planner Scott Thomas; it can be viewed HERE.
To learn more about Seahurst Park, view the park’s webpage.