Be'er Sheva Park Improvements

Updated: March 4, 2021

Determination of Non-Significance (DNS)

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is proposing improvements at Be'er Sheva Park in Seattle. Improvements include creating a prominent entry that will draw people into the park, enhancing connectivity through the park with new paths, community amenities, and transforming the shoreline into a neighborhood beach destination. SPR has determined that it does not have probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request.

This DNS is issued under 197-11-340(2); SPR will not act on this proposal for 14 days from date of publication (3/8/2021).
Comments must be submitted by Monday, March 22, 2021.
The appeal period ends March 29, 2021.
Download the DNS document for additional information
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here
View the DRAFT Shoreline Permit Application Figures document here

Early 2021

This is community driven project with extensive community input. The group, Rainier Beach Link to Lake, is currently working with the Seattle Parks Foundation at fundraising for the park development. With funding from the Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant, SiteWorkshop helped develop the schematic design through construction documents for the overall project. Seattle Parks and Recreation is supporting the community by managing the bidding, permitting and phased construction. The first phase will include a comfort station mural. Please watch this site for updates on the comfort station mural project.

Upland (on land) and in-water work beyond the mural will need to go through an extensive permitting process.

Construction documents for the upland phase of work were completed in fall of 2019; however, the bidding package is not complete. Design of the in-water phase of the project is underway. The design and project construction will be a multi-phased approach.

Location

Be'er Sheva Park, 8650 55th Ave S, 98118

Budget

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) provided $133,000 for completion of all the construction documents for the upland phase of work and preparing that phase for bidding.
The project committee will continue neighborhood engagement and raise funds for the 1.8-million-dollar project. Please visit Donate to Be'er Sheva Lake Access to contribute through the Seattle Parks Foundation. During the past City budget process $250,000 was raised for the Shoreline Restoration project.

Schedule

Design Completion: Fall 2019 (upland phase); Late Summer 2021 (in-water phase)
Construction Documents: To be completed by August 2021
Construction: TBD - Construction schedule is dependent on fundraising and permitting. Permits are needed for the respective phases of the project to move forward:

  1. Shoreline Substantial Development Permit from SDCI (for the overall project)
  2. Construction Permit(s) from SDCI (for each phase)
  3. Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from Washington State Fish & Wildlife (for the in-water phase)
  4. Approval from the US Army Corp of Engineers (for the in-water phase)

Project Description

Create a design for improvements at Be'er Sheva Park. Improvements to the park's lakeside end of the South Henderson Street corridor include greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations. The Steering Committee hired SiteWorkshop Landscape Architecture to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements.

Community Participation

Download the meetings information post card and map here

Schematic Design Report - July 2018

Public Meeting #1  3/3/2018

Public Meeting #2  4/21/2018

Public Meeting #3  6/2/2018

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