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Community meeting on Discovery Park security gate proposal set for Dec. 11

Summary

People seeking updates on a proposed security gate in Discovery Park are invited to a meeting set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Discovery Park Visitors Center, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle.

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People seeking updates on a proposed security gate in Discovery Park are invited to a meeting hosted by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Discovery Park Visitors Center, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle. King County and city staff will answer questions and share feedback received to date after the proposal was presented to the public at an open house on Aug. 21. People were also invited to submit comments by phone, email or through the project website. 

The security gate is being proposed to address safety concerns in Discovery Park related to uncontrolled vehicle access to the beach, lighthouse, and West Point Treatment Plant.

Over the past several years, employees with both King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and Seattle Parks and Recreation have responded to numerous incidents of trespassing, illegal driftwood fires, and vehicles blocking the entrance to the treatment plant.

King County needs to maintain a safe, secure environment at the West Point Treatment Plant, a facility critical to protecting water quality and public health in the greater Seattle area.

The proposed project would only affect a segment of Discovery Park Boulevard west of Kansas Street. Bicyclists would be allowed around the gate, and parking permits for people with disabilities, people over 62, or families with small children would still be available at the Discovery Park Visitors Center.

Pedestrians would be able to access the beach and lighthouse via the South Beach Trail, the Hidden Valley Trail or the North Beach Trail.

For more information about the meeting or the gate proposal, please visit the website or contact Adair Muth at 206-477-5505.