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One of Seattle's stunning viewpoints, Emma Schmitz Overlook is a great place to stroll, jog, or sit and gaze across the water at the Olympic Mountains.

Current Project

Emma Schmitz Seawall Replacement

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House for the seawall project on July 16, 2019.
View the Open House poster here.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a signed agreement with Army Corps of Engineers for the replacement of an approximate 450' length of deteriorated seawall at the south end of Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook. The seawall is located at Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, 4503 Beach Dr. SW, Seattle, WA 98116. The new seawall will be a "soldier pile" design, built a few feet seaward and a few feet higher than the existing seawall, and equipped with safety handrails that the current seawall lacks. This design will minimize the impact on the beach, address rising seawater concerns, and create better contours for the restoration landscaping on the landward portion of the overlook area. We anticipate construction in mid-2020.

The Army Corps of Engineers Plans for the Emma Schmitz Seawall Project are posted. The design shows the layout and construction of the new seawall waterward of the existing wall, the alignment of a new concrete path along the top of the wall, benches, seating, guardrail and the restoration of the Emma Schmitz Overlook Park.

The Corps will be executing both the design and construction phases of the project, with the City reimbursing 35% of the total cost in the form of a combination of cash reimbursements and in-kind services. The City is arranging a detailed site survey and geotechnical study, which will be considered as in-kind services. 

One goal of the new seawall is to protect a sewer line/pipe that is part of the King County system. More information is available here:

For additional information contact Garrett Farrell:
(206) 233-7921