Meadowdale Beach and Estuary Restoration Project: Construction and park closure June 15, 2021 through fall 2021
Construction and limited park access for the Meadowdale Beach and Estuary Restoration Project will begin on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 and will continue through the fall. The project is estimated to be fully completed in the spring of 2022. 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.
PARK CLOSURE INFORMATION
- There will be no beach/ADA access during construction.
- Hike-in access only from the main parking lot (156th St SW) to approx. location of Ranger Residence with no portable restroom facilities available along or at the bottom of the trail.
- Limited vehicle access (County, Contractor, and Resident) and no walk-in access from 75th Place West.
- No kayak beach camping will be permitted during construction.
- If construction is suspended during extended periods of unsuitable weather or other conditions, temporary public access may be provided.
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 a 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 more project information and to follow updates, read the project page: https://bit.ly/MeadowdaleProject
Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation