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Discovery Park security gate proposal to be discussed at public meeting, Aug. 21

Summary

To boost security at the West Point Treatment Plant and protect public safety, King County and Seattle Parks and Recreation have proposed the installation of a security gate on a section of Discovery Park Boulevard.

Story

To boost security at the West Point Treatment Plant and protect public safety, King County and Seattle Parks and Recreation have proposed the installation of a security gate on a section of Discovery Park Boulevard. 

Neighbors and park users are invited to discuss the proposal at a public meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Discovery Park Visitors Center, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle.

The project goal is to address safety concerns in Discovery Park related to uncontrolled vehicle access to the West Point Treatment Plant, beach and lighthouse. King County has 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.

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 blocking vehicles.

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 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 206-263-7319.