City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   West Point beach area in Discovery Park to close for restoration work
9/30/2013  5:00:00 PM
Kerrie Stoops, 206-233-7929

West Point beach area in Discovery Park to close for restoration work

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin work to protect the West Point beach and historic lighthouse in Discovery Park. The work involves adding riprap and additional shoreline protection. The majority of the beach will remain open to the public during the construction. Only the immediate area around the lighthouse, where the construction activities are focused, will be closed to the public. Parks expects to complete the construction by the week of October 14, 2013.

West Point is the westerly-most point in Discovery Park. This area is the site of a King County Metro sewage treatment plant and historic lighthouse.  In 2012, storms and high tides caused extensive beach erosion to the area. 

There are currently two distinct systems of riprap armoring at West Point; one was placed at the beach by the Coast Guard and another was placed by King County slightly inland during the expansion of the sewage treatment plant. The systems are separate and the lack of connectivity exacerbated the 2012 storm damage and threatened the integrity of the area adjacent to the lighthouse. 

Portions of the existing riprap segments will be removed and new riprap section will be created to connect both structures.  The alignment of the new riprap has been chosen to minimize encroachment onto the existing beach and the majority of the new structure will be placed above the current mean higher high water (MHHW) elevation. In addition to the added riprap, the eroded beach will be cut back at a gentle slope and beach grass will be planted in sand at the top of the slope and along the West Point beach.

The West Point Light house, originally established in 1881, is both a City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.  Parks recently completed renovations of this historic site, which included reroofing and exterior restoration.  The Coast Guard continues to operate the navigational aide on the lighthouse, though the lighthouse is owned by Parks.

For more information about the project, contact David Graves, Senior Planner Seattle Parks and Recreation. 206-684-7048 or

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