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Learn about additional security and protection at Discovery Park beach tour, June 28

Summary

Visitors to Discovery Park’s beach and lighthouse may notice increased security patrols and stricter parking enforcement this summer.

Story

Visitors to Discovery Park’s beach and lighthouse may notice increased security patrols and stricter parking enforcement this summer.

The measures are part of a pilot program launched by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and Seattle Parks and Recreation to bolster security at the West Point Treatment Plant while preserving tranquility in the park’s natural areas. Over the past several years, there have been numerous incidents of trespassing, illegal driftwood fires, and vehicles blocking the entrance to the treatment plant.

The public is invited to learn about the parking and security measures at a drop-in stewardship event on Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Discovery Park Lighthouse and Roundabout.

County and city staff will lead guided beach tours and share information about safety awareness and protecting sensitive environmental areas in the park. They will also answer questions about the security pilot program that will run through September.

The program outcome in combination with public comment will help shape long term decision making about security measures in Discovery Park that will also protect King County’s West Point Treatment Plant, a critical facility for water quality and public health in the greater Seattle area.

For more information, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/About/System/West/Plant/Projects/SecurityGate.aspx



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