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Wastewater Treatment

King County, Washington

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King Street Center
201 S. Jackson St., Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-3855
Phone: 206-477-5371
Fax: 206-684-1741
Telecommunication device for the deaf (TTY): 711

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Staff Contacts

West Point Treatment Plant

Discovery Park/West Point Security Gate Project

Learn more about project planning

July 2014 Update --
In response to community feedback and suggestions, King County and Seattle Parks is conducting a trial period this summer of increased enforcement of existing park rules (external link) to determine if this alleviates the problems of graffiti, unpermitted parking at the beach area, fires on beaches, and other issues.

To increase public awareness, King County is providing data and reports of problems occurring at West Point, some of which happen outside park hours.  These reports and data will be updated throughout the summer of 2014. View Reported Incidents and submit your reports HERE.

Graffiti on sign; click to view reported incidents (Summer 2014)
Graffiti on beach signage, July 3, 2014

Discovery Park/West Point Stewardship Education Event (July 28, 2014)
King County WTD and Seattle Parks hosted an event at the Discovery Park lighthouse roundabout on Saturday, June 28 to invite the public to learn how to preserve the natural character, enjoyment, safety of the beach area. View news release and event summary (PDF).

Event materials (pdfs):
-- Post card
-- Welcome to Discovery Park (map)
-- Parking permit notice
-- King County and Seattle Parks incorporate community suggestions in a trial enforcement period at the Discovery Park bench area
-- Maintaining Your Park, a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division
-- Maintaining your park; The story of the "duck pond" and Owl Creek
-- Discovery Park Master Plan and Development Plan
-- West Point Treatment Plant and Discovery Park History, and Restoration
-- Discovery Park Master Plan, Seattle Parks and Recreation
-- Summer Fire Safety fact sheet, Seattle Fire Department
-- Recreational and Cooking Fire Regulations fact sheet, Seattle Fire Department

Contact us

24-hour emergency and odor reporting: 206-263-3801
Administration: 206-263-3800

Address
1400 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle WA 98199
View directions and map.

Project description

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
Current park rules
 (PDF).
 

Schedule

August 21, 2013, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Community Open House
Discovery Park Visitors Center (external link)
View news release
Fall 2013 Review community input
December 11, 2013, 6-8 p.m. Community meeting
Discovery Park Visitors Center (external link)
View news release
Winter 2013 – Summer 2014 Alternative Analysis
June 28, 2014, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Discovery Park/West Point Stewardship Education Event
View post card
Summer 2014 Trial period of increased enforcement of existing park rules (external link)
Fall 2014 Evaluate alternatives analysis and trial enforcement period outcomes;
Select preferred alternative

Back to West Point current projects.

Overflow vehicles blocking access to the treatment plant
Overflow vehicles blocking access to the treatment plant

Public meetings

December 11, 2013 Community Meeting Materials (PDFs)

August 21, 2013 Open House Presentation materials (PDFs)

Project news releases and updates

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