Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project
Tulalip Monitoring Camera
Public Beach Access Open at Meadowdale Beach Park While Final Construction Continues
After completing significant project milestones in 2022, Meadowdale Beach is accessible to the public as of Saturday, January 7, 2023 while the remaining construction was finished in a fenced-off area of the park. The Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project was initiated by Snohomish County Parks and has been a successful partnership with Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM), BNSF Railway, Tulalip Tribes, state and federal agencies, and the local community. This project is regionally significant for its role in salmon recovery and Puget Sound shoreline restoration while making significant improvements to the park. There are no portable restrooms along the trail. The only portable restrooms are located at the parking lot trailhead.
Beach access is available for public use through the new accessible pedestrian walkway under the train track bridges.
Remaining project construction for 2023 will include:
- Construction work on a new retaining wall near the accessible entrance off of 75th Place West will be ongoing.
Beach access will be available for public use through the new accessible pedestrian walkway under the train track bridges. The remaining construction will occur in a fenced-off portion of the park and is anticipated to be finished in the summer of 2023. A ribbon-cutting event is being planned once the entire project is complete.
This is the first Puget Sound shoreline restoration project that included enlarging a stream crossing under railroad tracks along the shoreline. The installation of a wide railroad bridge to replace the undersized culverts was critical to Snohomish County achieving its vision to convert park lawn areas into high-functioning estuarine habitat to benefit salmon. SWM and many partners have conducted habitat monitoring at Meadowdale Beach for many years and will continue to monitor the effectiveness of this project. The Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Project is funded in part by the Federal Rail Administration, NOAA Fisheries, Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration, State Salmon Recovery Grants, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the EPA, and the Restore America’s Estuaries: NEP CWG Program.
See the whole project process with before and after photos on the Surface Water Management GIS Story Map here!
ADA Access Gate Information
This project entails removing 128 linear feet of railroad embankment (shoreline armoring) along with the 6-foot wide culvert and installing a 5-span railroad bridge with a 100-foot opening to address ADA accessibility, beach access, fish passage, flooding, sediment delivery and maintenance issues associated with the undersized culvert. This project will restore a historic (pre-railroad) 1.3-acre estuary that will provide essential rearing habitat for ESA-listed Chinook (threatened), Chum, and Coho salmon as well as Cutthroat trout; and restore nearshore processes key to Puget Sound recovery. Additional habitat and stream enhancement will occur upstream of the estuary and a second footbridge will be installed to provide viewing platform of fish migration. Recreation components include a foot-wash, and picnic and bench viewpoints of the beach, estuary and Lund’s Gulch Creek. The existing portable restroom enclosure will be relocated out of the floodway and the ADA-parking will be brought up to current standards.
The Meadowdale Beach Park & Estuary Restoration Project is funded in part by the Federal Rail Administration, NOAA Fisheries, Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration, State Salmon Recovery Grants, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
2021 Construction Completed
Activities that occurred during 2021 include clearing and grubbing, demolition, tree salvage, road reinforcement, erosion and sediment control, excavation for pedestrian bridge abutments, north trail rockery, and surfacing, and the following key milestones:
- 364 spiral nails and spider hubs were installed to reinforce the ADA access road
- Fill, including debris in excess of 10,000 yds excavated and removed off-site
- Estuary substrates and starter channel installed
- Nine of twelve snags for habitat installed
- 21 pieces of large wood were installed within the creek and additional pieces were placed within the estuary
- BNSF procured H-piles and bridge components for the 2022 install
2022 Construction Activities
- Constructing temporary embankments for railroad crossing and railroad bridge construction
- Removal of 128 feet of railroad embankment and 6-foot wide culvert and install two railroad bridge sections
- Beach grading
- Installing utilities including storm, electrical, water, and irrigation
- Finalizing estuary grading and removal of debris and fill materials, fabric, topsoils, and planting installation
- Installing benches, picnic tables, and portable restroom enclosure
- Upgrading picnic shelter
- Installing interpretive signage
- Two BNSF train track bridges were installed which replaced 128 linear feet of two-track railroad
- A rock-armored railroad embankment and box culvert were removed to allow water and sediment to more freely flow, restoring natural shoreline processes
- A pedestrian walkway under the bridges was installed
- Estuary restoration and landscape work
- A pedestrian bridge was installed over the estuary
2023 Construction Activities
- Installing utilities, including storm, electrical, water, and irrigation
- Installing benches, picnic tables, a picnic shelter, and portable restroom enclosure
- Installing interpretive signs
- A ribbon cutting was held 10/6/23
- A public celebration was held 10/7/23 where the public could learn more about how the project was designed and constructed, as well as about the environmental improvements and habitat monitoring that will occur into the future.
Beach access was reopened on January 7, 2023. The lower park area was fully opened to the public in September 2023. Construction work on a new retaining wall near the accessible entrance off of 75th Place West will be ongoing.
The project is currently still within the proposed budget.
PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COST AND FUNDING
- Estimated total construction cost: $16,752,420.
- Total grants received: $6,704,078
- Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP) - Water Access Grant - $604,078
- Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) Grant - $500,000
- Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Grant - $800,000
- Estuary Salmon and Restoration Program Grant - $1,000,000
- Federal Rail Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvement (FRA/CRISI) Grant - $3,500,000
- National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grant - $300,000
- County (Parks and Recreation (REET)/Surface Water Management/Councilmatic Bonds) - $8.046M
- Presented project to WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council March 17, 2022
- Presented project to Pilchuck Audubon Society March 11, 2022
- Parks and SWM/MRC on-site presentation to students (11-16 y.o.) from Sky Valley Education Center, Monroe School District
- July 5, 2018 - Everett Herald
- June 17, 2019 - Everett Herald
- July 9, 2021: At Meadowdale Beach, the salmon will return to a new estuary - Everett Herald
- July 9, 2021: Salmon Recovery project underway at Snohomish County's Meadowdale Beach Park- King 5
- January 5, 2023: Public Beach Access Reopening at Meadowdale Beach Park After Progress on the Estuary Restoration Project - Press Release
- Jan. 5, 2023: Following restoration work, Meadowdale Beach to reopen to public starting Jan. 7 - MyEdmondsNews
- Jan. 6, 2023: Behind the scenes: Meadowdale Beach Park’s history as a homestead and country club - Lynnwood Today
- Jan. 13, 2023: Scene at Meadowdale Beach Park: Congressman Larsen tours restoration work- My Edmonds News
- Jan. 14, 2023: Park near Edmonds gets makeover: Will the salmon return? - Seattle Times
- Jan. 19, 2023: Ready for a hike? Meadowdale Beach Park reopens - Edmonds Beacon
- Jan. 20, 2023: Meadowdale Beach updates give fish, hikers more room to roam - Everett Herald
- May 31, 2023: NRPA Recognizes Excellence in Parks and Recreation with the Innovation and Spotlight Awards
- July 7, 2023: Restoration Project Improves Access to Meadowdale Beach Park for Salmon—and People
- October 7, 2023: ‘Poster child’ estuary preserved at Edmonds’ Meadowdale Beach Park
- October 7, 2023: Ribbon-cutting officially dedicates Meadowdale Beach park and estuary
- October 7, 2023: Cantwell Celebrates Salmon Restoration Project at Edmonds’ Meadowdale Beach Park
- Haul Route Public Comment_County Responses
- Haul Route Presentation _2-20-19
- Haul Route Presentation Talking Points
- Estuary Rendering (JPG)
- Illustrative Site Plan (PDF)
- Critical Areas (PDF)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis Summary (PDF)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis Report (PDF)
- Railroad Bridge Rendering (PDF)
- Prelim Design Rpt_SRFB2015Grant (PDF)