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Major Maintenance Project Information
Discovery Park - West Point Mitigation


Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle, WA 98199

Discovery Park

Current Status

The mitigation funded projects listed below are complete!
King County paid Seattle Parks and Recreation $5 million as mitigation for the expansion of the West Point treatment plant adjacent to Discovery Park. The money was allocated for projects at Discovery Park.

Building 653 demolition $250,000 – Complete 2008
Capehart Site Restoration $1.5 million – Complete 2012
Chapel, Annex, demolition $50,000 – Complete 2007
West Point Lighthouse $600,000 Complete 2012
Nike Building demolition $1 million Complete 2008
North Forest Roadway removal $300,000 – Complete 2009
  Endowment $100,000
  Contingency/Opportunity Fund $200,000
Waterline Replacement and
North Parking Lot Restoration
$850,000 Complete 2015

Project Description

Budget: $5,000,000
Construction begins: Fall 2004
Project complete: Spring 2015

This is a result of a settlement agreement with Metro and several citizens groups in 1991, and adds money to the existing Shoreline Park Improvement Fund (SPIF). The original SPIF amount of $25 million, received by Parks in the 1990s, was spent on improving and acquiring shoreline parkland throughout the city as well as making improvements to Discovery Park.

In 2003, a citizens committee convened by King County, the West Point Citizens Advisory Committee, recommended a slate of projects. In July and August of last year, we conducted a public review process, including a hearing by the Board of Park Commissioners. Superintendent Ken Bounds made recommendations to the City Council, largely agreeing with the committee. These projects (see list below) focus on improving the park landscape by demolishing buildings, removing pavement, and improving the natural habitat throughout the park. All of the work is consistent with the parks master plan.

The most controversial recommendation is to demolish the chapel, located in the south end of the park. The citizens committee recommended removing the chapel; the Board of Park Commissioners recommended keeping it (at its Sept. 11, 2003 meeting). The City Council will ultimately decide which projects will be funded.


Public Meeting 5/8/2007

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Public Meeting 6/24/2008

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Public Meeting 2/19/2009

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Updated August 3, 2015

More Information

Seattle Parks and Recreation
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle WA 98134


Currently no project related public meetings or events are scheduled.


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