UPDATE: Delays push Seahurst Park Beach Restoration re-opening to August

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Burien Parks on Friday posted the following update, indicating that delays have pushed the Seahurst Park Beach Restoration Project re-opening back to August (our last report projected a late July date):

As construction continues in the upland areas of the park along the main trail, work has focused on the installation of the thousands of feet of irrigation throughout the project site. As irrigation sections are completed, the installation of plant materials and grass will follow. Miscellaneous metal work, such as guardrails along the new fish ladder at the Marine Lab is being completed. The compacted gravel pathways throughout the site are beginning to be installed and the lower parking lot has now been demolished and re-graded, including installation of associated drainage culverts and rain garden infrastructure.

For recent photos of these developments, please visit the project photo album on Flickr.

As reported in the last update we are still focusing on an August re-opening of the park. We also want to acknowledge everyone’s patience as we get closer to the completion of this project.

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Here are some recent pics courtesy Burien Parks, showing the latest progress on the project (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):



Parks Development & Operations Manager Steve Roemer & Parks Department Director Michael Lafreniere during last week’s visit to the construction site … in the background is a portion of the newly created wetland area that will be fed by North Creek. Also, a view of the new turnaround area being constructed adjacent to the new playground (see plan view). — at Seahurst Park.








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17 Responses to “UPDATE: Delays push Seahurst Park Beach Restoration re-opening to August”
  1. Chris says:

    If the project goal was to restore the beach area to a natural state, then why all the irrigation for the landscaping? There’s nothing natural about that? I’m all for the project, but I just find it odd that there’s so much irrigation being installed.

    • Lack Thereof says:

      I’m pretty curious about this too, but then if it’s a place that’s going to get a lot of foot traffic, they might need to deviate from the natural state quite a bit

    • othersideofthetracks says:

      Good question Chris,
      I was just wondering the same thing when I saw the photos.
      Seemed to me that the best way to put the beach back to its natural state would
      have been to just take that god-forsaken P.O.S. joke that they called a seawall down,
      push some sand around and let nature take its course. Naturally.
      Seems like a lot of human intervention is going into making the beach “natural” again.

    • citizen says:

      Who really believes a New Wetland can be created on a Beach……it was already wet when they started…..A beach is a active enviroment or was.

    • Boo says:

      I think it’s due to the fact the work has to be done in the dry season and no newly planted plants would survive on our summers typical rainfall. Once the plants are established (2-3 years) the irrigation would no longer be needed.

  2. Marianne says:

    Is the public at least able to park outside of the park and walk down? It is a shame that summer is here and we can’t spend time at Seahurst Park.

    • jimmy says:

      yeah if you want to get squashed by a big construction vehicles. The beach is close until the job is complete this also keeps out the protesters so they cant get in and try to make mess out things and raise the costs of the project . Also there are other beaches in the area you can goto in the mean time I think there is still a public spot at Three tree point of course some of the people that live around there will give you dirty looks just give them a wave and then lock your car as if you think there a criminal.

      • WJ says:

        Do not disturb the natives at Three Tree Point. They are hostile and may be armed. The public access is teeny tiny eensy weensy and there’s no parking to speak of. Go south to Saltwater State Park or north to Lincoln Park instead.

  3. Diane says:

    Seems as though only Highline school buses are allowed entrance. Odd to me. Just as liable if they are taking “student’s into the park.

  4. Darlene Moore says:

    Why don’t they just stop work now. Open tomorrow to the public until NEXT WINTER. Finish their work then.

    • jimmy says:

      I am not a construction professional of course but I am pretty would not work out why can’t you just give the time they need to get the job done and stop complaining ok the beach will open eventually they have ran in to some issues that take time to fix

  5. citizen says:

    Next Year will be the rebuild after MOTHER NATURE has her way. I remember when the park was unusable in the 70’s,that is why the walls were built. HEY SCOTT please give us some history of the old rebuild and why it was done…

    • othersideofthetracks says:

      I dont remember it being “unusable”.

      • citizen says:

        The erosion into the hillside caused landslides with large trees falling across the public pathway.The Park was closed in the 70’s for about 1 1/2 years to put in the sea walls,bathroom,great doughnut,fire pits and walking trails. The high tides and storms were the main problem.

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