West Point Treatment Plant
Discovery Park/West Point Security Gate Project
October 2014 Update --
Join us for a community meeting! November 13, 2014
Discovery Park Visitor’s Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) and City of Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle Parks) invite you to a community meeting to provide an update on the West Point Security Gate Project. During the summer of 2014, WTD and Seattle Parks implemented community suggestions for improved signage, education, and trial enforcement shifts to enforce existing park rules (external link) and control vehicle access to the beach permit parking area and the West Point Treatment Plant.
You are invited to join WTD and Seattle Parks on November 13 to:
• Learn about the project and the need to enforce existing rules
• Hear about activities and outcomes from the 2014 trial enforcement period
• Learn about next steps and ways to keep updated on project progress
• Find out how to provide input at the meeting and afterward
Graffiti on beach signage, July 3, 2014
View Reported Incidents HERE.
24-hour emergency and odor reporting: 206-263-3801
Project Information: 206-477-5502
West Point Administration: 206-263-3800
1400 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle WA 98199
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In 2013, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (King County) and the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle Parks) proposed a project to install a new security gate to control vehicle access to the West Point Treatment Plant, beach and parking area.
The project would address several safety concerns associated with uncontrolled vehicle access to the treatment plant, beach and lighthouse. West Point Wastewater Treatment staff and Seattle Parks staff have responded to driftwood fires, illegal parking that blocks access to the treatment plant, and trespassing after hours. West Point staff and Seattle Parks staff have found stolen and abandoned vehicles, evidence of gun use and graffiti at the beaches. 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.
The project team has been reviewing public input and analyzing next steps. In response to community input received to date, King County and Seattle Parks have decided to do a more in-depth alternatives analysis process including other ways to address safety and security objectives for the treatment plant and adjacent beach areas. As part of the broader alternatives analysis King County and Seattle Parks will conduct a trial period this summer of increased enforcement of existing park rules (external link) to determine if this alleviates the problems.
King County and Seattle Parks will evaluate the outcomes of the alternatives analysis and trial enforcement actions in the fall of 2014 and will determine whether to pursue the gate proposal and present it to the Board of Park Commissioners at that time. The agencies will continue working together to develop a proposal that will balance public access to the beach, lighthouse and parking lot with safety, security and protection of critical wastewater treatment facilities and the beach environment.
Current park rules (PDF).
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