Meadowdale Beach and Estuary Restoration Project
The ADA parking lot will be closed to vehicle parking on Thursday, June 3, 2021 and the entire ADA access road entering Meadowdale Beach Park from 76th Pl W will be closed to vehicles and the public on Friday, June 4, 2021 for construction-related work. The parking lot (6026 156th St SW), trailhead and beach access via the main trail are open but there will be minor construction noise in the lawn area. The access road and ADA parking lot will be reopened for normal park operations on Saturday, June 5.
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.
For all of the project details see the project page: http://bit.ly/MeadowdaleProject