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Meadowdale Beach Park

Documents

Meadowdale Brochure

Features

  1. Bay Access
  2. Disabled Parking
  3. Picnic Shelters
  4. Picnic Tables
  5. Restrooms/Sanicans
Maps

Picnic Shelter
You can reserve Meadowdale Beach Park picnic shelter by contacting the Caretaker at 425-745-5111. 
 
Park Description
Stroll through the park's corridor on a one mile long nature trail. Experience the sounds of the adjacent tumbling stream as it weaves its way through the giant trees of the old forest. The stream, which is home to various aquatic life, including fresh water fish and migrating salmon, forms a small marine estuary as it empties into Puget Sound.

View various bird species in their natural habitat on a hike through the forest. Or comb the beaches and enjoy the breathtaking views of the distant Olympic Mountains.

Meadowdale Beach Park is 108 acres. It is beautiful, but delicate, and not impervious to humans and natural calamity. Its care and preservation are imperative to wildlife and the balance of people with nature is not possible without vigilance.

Park History
The gulch area passed through several owners before it became a park. John Lund first homesteaded the site in 1878. The site was eventually acquired by the Meadowdale Country Club. The well-tended private park featured a clubhouse, manicured lawns, an Olympic-size swimming pool with bath houses, and a fish hatchery. The club closed in the late 1960s, partially due to access road failure.

Snohomish County Parks acquired the land in 1968 to develop a public park with beach access. A fire destroyed the already vandalized clubhouse in 1970. The county filled in the swimming pool because of the safety hazard.

In 1979, the park was closed for public access and use until a safe public and emergency vehicle access road was built. The park was reopened in 1988. The park was closed again in 1996 due to excessive storm damage and re-opened the following year after costly repairs.
 
Access Tunnel

There is currently no beach access at the park. Steel grating for the pedestrian crossing through the tunnel was removed in 2014 and has not been re-installed due to presence of gravels upstream, downstream and within the tunnel. Parks has submitted applications for the federal, state and local permits required to perform the necessary maintenance actions. Due to the sensitive areas and habitat where work is proposed, the permitting process requires lengthy and comprehensive review by several agencies. Parks plans to move as quickly as possible once permits are obtained and perform maintenance so the grates can be re-installed and remain in place further into fall but this process is highly dependent on permit timing, storm events and amount of gravels transported.  Grates will be required to be removed again when gravels become a barrier to fish passage this fall or winter.

For more information or updates on the permits or maintenance contact Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer at logan.daniels@snoco.org or 425-388-6619.

BNSF Railroad

Do not cross the railroad tracks. Railroad tracks are private property and it is illegal and considered trespassing and carries fines levied by BNSF police. For more information on pedestrian safety around railroad tracks, click here.

Future Plans

The county recognizes the need for a long term more sustainable solution to the fish, people, and creek and sediment barrier issue and has been working diligently with the community and stakeholders on developing a plan. For more information click here.

Other Beach Access

Puget Sound beach access is available at Picnic Point County Park



Related Herald of Everett article

Videos of the Access Tunnel


Driving Directions

164th Street SW exit off I-5. Follow 164th Street Southwest west to 164th Southwest. Turn right to cross Highway 99. Turn right onto 52nd Avenue West. Turn left onto 160th Street. Turn right onto 56th Ave W. Turn left onto 156th Avenue West. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Disabled Access
A gated access road is available for disabled persons. To apply for access, please download and mail/fax/e-mail the application form or complete the online application

NOTE:  If gate does not open upon entering PIN, please allow 90 seconds before making a second attempt.