West Point Treatment Plant
Discovery Park/West Point Security Gate Project
March 16, 2015 update
King County Wastewater Treatment Division staff attended Friends of Discovery Park (external link) annual meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. West Point Treatment Plant manager provided updates on construction activities at the plant. Project Manager Michael Popiwny introduced the next step in the enforcement effort to control illegal parking at the Discovery Park beach area. For more information, view project fact sheet (PDF, March 2015).
Illegal parking in the emergency vehicle turnaround on March 8, 2015
Cars parked on walkway and in fire lane, summer 2014
View Reported Incidents HERE.
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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 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 conducted a trial period this summer of increased enforcement of existing park rules (external link) to determine if this alleviates the problems.
On-site surveys, observations by staff, and input from other users have indicated that these measures have had little effect on illegal parking and other problems.
On April 6, 2015, we will implement the next step in the enforcement process, towing illegally parked vehicles in the emergency access areas adjacent to the beach area.
Cars illegally parked on the walkways, in the fire lanes, and in the turnaround area will be towed at the owner’s expense. The increased enforcement afforded by towing illegally parked vehicles from emergency access lanes will help to protect both park users and the West Point Treatment Plant.
We will evaluate the effectiveness of the towing measure in 9-12 months. At that time, we will determine if further measures are needed to control problems at the Discovery Park Beach area.
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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