West Point Treatment Plant
Discovery Park/West Point Security Gate Project
February 21, 2014 Update --
King County Wastewater Treatment Division is invited to the Friends of Discover Park Annual Meeting (external link) on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. In addition to an update from the West Point Treatment Plant manager, you can hear an update on the Discovery Park/West Point access (security gate) project and a new proposal for improved biosolids trucking hours.
Learn more: download and view West Point Sewer News (Spring 2014).
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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