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Seahurst Park Seawall Removal & Beach Restoration Project
UPDATE #20: August 25, 2014
Seahurst Park is now open to the public!

For the latest photos taken at the construction site and the work that has taken place over the past several months, please visit the project photo album on Flickr. Also, if you are on Facebook, follow and *like* Seahurst Park at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #19: August 21, 2014
As we announced earlier, Seahurst Park will reopen on Monday, August 25, 2014 and we hope that park visitors will enjoy the new playground, picnic facilities and the restored beach. Visitors will notice that access onto the beach has been greatly enhanced, as a designed by-product of restoring the beach slopes and materials. The restored shoreline has also been the site of a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, osprey, great blue heron and other shorebirds, being drawn in by schools of fish along the shallows. As visitors will also notice, there will be some landscaping work being completed during the week, focusing on the last of the plantings around the lower parking lot. Associated with the landscaping activity, we anticipate some ongoing replanting of materials that are not of suitable health, as well as much planting in the fall of beach grasses in the non-irrigated areas. We ask that park visitors avoid any fenced-off areas of new plantings to allow time for good establishment. Most importantly, we hope that our park visitors enjoy their new park and the recent changes.

For the latest photos taken at the construction site and the work that has taken place over the past several months, please visit the project photo album on Flickr. Also, if you are on Facebook, follow and *like* Seahurst Park at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #18: July 23, 2014
New Playground under construction
Construction of New Playground
The City of Burien and the US Army Corps of Engineers have announced that Seahurst Park will be able to reopen to the public at 8 am, Monday, August 25. The contractor is currently winding up work on plantings in the shoreline restoration area, construction of the new playground and shelter, and modifications to the lower parking lot. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for later.

The project, which began last October, removed 1,800 feet of shoreline concrete armoring in the northern section of the park replacing it with more natural habitat for forage fish and salmon rearing. Improved habitat aids recovery of species, such as bull trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon, listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Along the park shoreline 25,000 tons of sand and gravel were added, as well at 17,000 plants. The public will be able to enjoy the new stretch of natural beach with several stairway access points, and new park features including a fish ladder, picnic shelter, playground, lawn areas and parking lot.

“We’re very excited about the completion of the project and the reopening of Seahurst Park,” said Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak. “With nearly a mile of natural beach, this park has become the crown jewel of urban Puget Sound waterfront parks.”

For the latest photos taken at the construction site and the work still currently underway, please visit the project photo album on Flickr. Also, if you are on Facebook, follow and *like* Seahurst Park at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #17: June 27, 2014
Beach Restoration
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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Facebook? Follow and *like* Seahurst Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #16: May 22, 2014
Beach Access Stairs
Beach Access Stairs
Even as construction of storm drainage facilities continues in the upland areas of the park and along the main trail, work activity is shifting to the southern end of the site with grading and concrete work occurring at the new picnic area, playground and beach access stairways (pictured here). Over the next few weeks, the new picnic area will be constructed and the new playground components will be installed. Irrigation improvements will also be made along the entire length of the project. Construction of the fish ladder at the Marine Technology Lab has been completed and additional woody debris has been placed along the length of the beach and around the new creek outfalls.

The project has encountered some grading and drainage concerns along the main park trail that are requiring additional storm drain facilities due to hillside seepage previously covered by a large section of concrete at mid-trail. We are also making minor modifications to planting material selections due to seasonal availability. Project completion has been impacted by a few additional weeks and is currently expected to be at the end of July, possibly early August.

For recent photos from the project, visit the project photo page on Flickr.

Are you on Facebook? Follow and *like* Seahurst Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #15: April 30, 2014
New Fish Ladder
New Fish Ladder
Construction has been focused on grading and storm drain work along the main park trail, wetland and south to the future picnic and new playground area. Rockeries are being constructed along the trail and wetland to compensate for elevation changes in these new facilities, which occur in the upland areas well above the high water line. The Marine Technology Lab’s fish ladder and associated concrete work is nearing completion and will be followed by grading work in this area in front of the lab. Park furnishings, such as playground equipment, park benches and tables have been delivered to the site.

For recent photos from the project, visit the project photo page on Flickr.

Are you on Facebook? Follow and *like* Seahurst Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.


UPDATE #14: April 3, 2014
Utility infrastructure
The nighttime work is now completed and once again we want to thank the park neighbors for all of their patience with the noisy nights. Work now focuses on the upland areas of the project. Currently, the contractor is installing the new fish ladder supporting the Puget Sound Skills Center’s Marine Technology Lab, performing earthwork for the small wetland near the ESC and grading for drainage and pathway improvements. Rockery work and stabilization associated with the elevation changes around the wetland and along the pathway, will begin as well as grading and preparatory work for the new picnic area and playground.

For recent photos from the project, visit the project photo page on Flickr.

Are you on Facebook? Follow and *like* Seahurst Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeahurstPark.

Also, read this professional abstract which summarizes the science behind the Project. The abstract will be presented at the upcoming 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference taking place in Seattle at the end of April.


UPDATE #13: March 13, 2014
Seahurst Park
Construction & underground utilities
As of March 12, all utility relocations and connections that could impact the surrounding neighbors of the park have been completed. Thanks to Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, Southwest Suburban Sewer District and Century Link for their collaborative efforts on this project. Night time construction activity will also be winding down as the use of the barge and any other in-water work will be completed by March 31st.  Some materials will continue to be delivered by road, such as large drift logs, concrete, irrigation and landscape materials, playground and picnic shelter materials. The end of the beach work means that the remaining work will now shift to the upland portions of the park. Consequently the main trail/service road, irrigation and landscaping, picnic area, playground and parking lot will begin to be the construction focus.

As mentioned in a previous update, the contractor is still experiencing problems with trespassing onto the project site and into construction zones, and the contractor's workers have also been subjected to verbal abuse. With the better weather, we are concerned that this kind of activity will further compromise public safety and worker safety. Once again we ask for the public's cooperation to resist the temptation of entering the project site. The contractor has been advised to contact the police with respect to trespassing activity; these individuals will be subject to citations for trespassing.

As previously reported, unforeseen underground conditions found during demolition have significantly impacted the project schedule. The full impact has now been clarified; the anticipated project completion date is now July 11, 2014.

For recent photos from the project, visit the project photo page on Flickr.

UPDATE #12: February 21, 2014
Contrary to speculation by some members of the public, recent power outages in the area have not been the result of the project. These outages are completely unrelated to the utility work associated with the beach restoration project. That said, there will be a few brief planned outages in the coming weeks while major utility lines in the park are disconnected and reconnected. The utility companies will be notifying their customers who will be affected in advance of these service interruptions.

UPDATE #11: February 21, 2014
Construction at MTL
Fish Ladder Construction
Construction recently has been focusing on the northern end of the project site and the areas around the Environmental Science Center and Puget Sound Skills Center's Marine Technology Lab (MTL). Utility work for those facilities has been occurring with much cooperation from our local utility providers. Installation of the utility services is being accomplished through a joint effort by the project contractors working side-by-side with the utility providers' crews and contractors. Meanwhile the relocation of the fish ladder facility adjacent to the MTL is also occurring. This facility supports the educational programming of the Highline School District and the Puget Sound Skills Center on topics related to marine biology and hatchery operations. Also ongoing is fine grading along the beach and the addition of the smaller sand and gravel materials. This follows the earlier depositing of coarser cobbles and gravels. During the next two weeks, there will be no nighttime activities beyond 8pm. So currently quieter nights are in store for our local neighbors. For more recent photos from the project, visit the project photo page on Flickr.

UPDATE #10: January 31, 2014
Rock Recycling
Beach Rock Recycling
The Seahurst Park construction project in partnership with the USACE, has been making very significant progress since the park was closed on October 28, 2013. All demolition work has been completed, the concrete seawall has been removed with shoreline grading almost completed and utilities are being relocated to upper elevations. Materials from the demolition, such as drift logs, rock and even clean soil is being reused, including the crushing of the large 2-3 man rocks to smaller dimensions for multiple uses, such as road or pathway base. All work has been coordinated with our tenants at the Environmental Science Center and the Marine Technology Lab in efforts to reduce construction impacts, though substantial at times. During the demolition phase we did experience some unanticipated conditions related to existing utility locations and discovery of cultural resources. The issues have been resolved with much coordination help from our local utilities, as well as local tribes. Some minor re-design work was required and this will impact project completion by approximately a month, and project costs. Both of these impacts will be further clarified during the staff project update on March 17, 2014 to City Council.

UPDATE #9: January 16, 2014
Seahurst Project
Seahurst Project
All of the seawall to be removed for the restoration has now been removed from the site by barge. Most of the large rock material previously lining the beaches has been stockpiled and is currently being crushed to various sizes. This material is being recycled to be used for road and pathway base material, and other structural functions. A large amount of the beach grading has occurred and significant volumes of beach gravel has been imported and placed along the beaches. The tide dependant tasks, such as beach grading and placement of materials at low tides, or docking of the barge to remove or deliver materials at high tides still continue with much occurring at night and early mornings. In the short term, night work can be anticipated Monday through Thursday, January 20 through January 23. More project photos may be viewed HERE.

UPDATE #8: January 2, 2014
Seahurst Project
Barges have been exporting materials from the seawall demolition and importing new gravel and sand for the shoreline re-nourishment. Utility work and relocations continue, along with substantial site grading along the shoreline as well as in upland areas. As earthwork continues on this complex project and within such a narrow work corridor, the contractor has encountered some previously unknown conditions. Very close coordination and collaboration has been required with utilities and other regulatory agencies in efforts to minimize potential schedule impacts. The contractor has made very good progress in slightly over a month of construction and the shoreline has changed dramatically. The large equipment and moving of materials does look substantial along a shoreline, but the pre-construction condition of a concrete seawall is now on its way to becoming a functioning shoreline ecosystem. Coming up, there will be night time work January 6th through January 9th; loud noise may be expected the night of the 6th to morning of the 7th due to needed concrete cutting of the seawall at low tide. 

UPDATE #7: December 9, 2013
Driftwood on the Beach
Driftwood on the Beach
Driftwood currently within the project area at the Seahurst Park Beach is being stockpiled during construction and will be returned to the restored site after placement and grading of beach sand and gravel is completed. Additional driftwood will also be brought to the site as part of the restoration effort; much of this material will be recycled from driftwood collected within Puget Sound by the Corps of Engineers for navigation safety purposes. Trees cleared in the project will also be reused onsite as log edging and large woody debris in restored streams. Suitable materials, including some rock rip rap and soil found onsite, will be recycled to the greatest extent possible to save on project costs and to help reduce waste. So the contractor has to clear the site first (remove all logs etc.) in order for it to do all the work, and the contractor will then replace the driftwood once the beach grading, etc. is completed.

UPDATE #6: December 4, 2013
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. 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 the utilities within and through 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 Friday through Sunday nights and there will be no night work 12/23 through 12/26 or on 12/31 through 1/1/14. 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.

UPDATE #5: November 22, 2013
For the week of Thanksgiving, there will be limited construction work with no construction occurring after noon on 11/27. Night time work will occur on 11/25 and 11/26. There will be NO night time work during the week of November 25-29.

UPDATE #4: November 21, 2013
Plan View
Staff from Burien Parks are occasionally taking photos at the project site. We will post these photos to the Seahurst Park Facebook page, as well as to a project photo album on Flickr.

We also want to share this plan view of what the new playground and 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.

UPCOMING NOTE:  For the Thanksgiving week there will be limited construction work with no construction occurring after noon on 11/27. Night time work will occur on 11/25 and 11/26.

UPDATE #3: 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 burienstrawberryfestival.org/SeahurstProject.

UPDATE #2: 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.

UPDATE #1: October 30, 2013
Park Entry Closed
Seahurst Park is now closed to the public. The US Army Corps of Engineers' contractor has begun installing fencing around the construction zone and closed the entry to the park. The park is expected to reopen in May 2014. Residents looking for a public park to recreate, or a nice place to walk or to take a dog for a walk, are recommended to visit Eagle Landing Park, Lake Burien School Park, Mathison ParkSalmon Creek Ravine or other local options such as Des Moines Beach Park and Creek Trail, or Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

North Shoreline Restoration Project
This project will restore the beach habitat to benefit endangered salmon and subsequently renovate the upland portions of the park impacted by the habitat restoration project. Essentially the same process as for the South Shoreline project which was completed December 2008, the north shoreline renovation will be much larger in scale and impact the park from north of the Marine Technology Lab all the way south to the south creek and lower parking lot.

For this project, the City of Burien has a partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and WRIA-9. In partnership with the Corps we have completed development of project bid documents and all permitting.

The Seahurst seawall removal project construction at the park is scheduled to occur starting in late October 2013, and it will last until Spring 2014. Burien's project partner, i.e. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will oversee a private contractor that will do the work. As construction will start at the end of October, the park will close on Monday, October 28. Impacts to park users will include no parking available at the park, no public access to the park shoreline, and only limited pedestrian access to the upland park trails.

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.

Why is this project being done?
As referenced above, the shoreline of Seahurst Park can play a vital role in restoring the health of Puget Sound, and a healthy Puget Sound will help Pacific Northwest salmon recover. To learn more about this larger project to restore Puget Sound, view this beautifully-filmed short video.

If you have questions or concerns about the Restoration Project, please contact Michael Lafreniere (Director of Parks and Recreation) or Steve Roemer (Parks Development & Operations Manager) at 206-988-3700.

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