Shoreline Access & Street Ends in SW Seattle To Be Improved

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation are working together to improve public street ends and shoreline access. The public street ends along Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound, and other waterways provide Seattle many opportunities to provide public access to the shoreline. The purpose of these projects is to provide physical and/or visual access to the shoreline and water environment.

There are between nine and 13 sites that will receive improvements that may include signs, benches, bicycle racks and minor landscaping. The first three sites to receive minor improvements to further open these spaces for public use are located in southwest Seattle at:

  • SW Bronson Way – Existing large parking lot next to Salty’s Restaurant with outstanding views of Elliott Bay and the City skyline. Needed improvements include separating parking from pedestrian/view area, a hard surface for benches and bicycle racks and landscaping;
  • S Fidalgo St. – Located in the Georgetown neighborhood between industrial uses, this street end is adjacent to the Duwamish River. Improvements could include clear signage from nearby streets, simple bench/table and minor landscaping; and
  • Spokane St. E on the east side of East Waterway – Located under the West Seattle Bridge, the area is flat and dirt-covered. Needed improvements include clear signage, benches, minimal landscaping and a potential stairway/path to the water’s edge.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides funding planning, design, permitting and construction for these projects. Seattle Parks is currently in the design phase and anticipates construction starting this fall.

Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides improvements to neighborhood play areas, improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, community gardens, safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities and funding for a healthy ecosystem for Seattle. This “green” funding has three types of projects: Forest and stream restoration, community gardens and shoreline access.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/environment.htm or contact Cheryl Eastberg at 206-386-4381 or cheryl.eastberg@seattle.gov. For more information on Levy funded projects in your neighborhood, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/Shoreline%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

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