Gate Update from King County 7.9.14
On June 28, King County and Seattle Parks hosted a Stewardship/Education event at Discovery Park to kick off the summer trial enforcement period intended to reduce parking and security problems at the West Point beach area. About 40 people braved the wind and rain to learn about how King County and Seattle Parks work to maintain the public access area at the beach and lighthouse, and how public access was created during the upgrade of the West Point Treatment Plant. A summary of the event is posted at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/About/System/West/Projects/WPAccess.aspx.
Currently, we are conducting traffic counting studies and additional signage is in place to help enforce permit parking at the beach and educate people about the intended nature of Discovery Park. We have also posted a new Web page in response to community requests for information about the type of incidents that are affecting the beach and lighthouse area at West Point (http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/About/System/West/Projects/WPAccess/Incidents.aspx). We will continue adding information to this page throughout the summer.
Sadly, our first reports include three vandalism events since June 25 that included graffiti, beach fires, and a break in at a building in the lighthouse area. King County and Seattle Parks crews are still working on cleanup.
In response to community suggestions, we have pursued options to increase enforcement of parking, fire, and trespassing rules. King County submitted a request for off-duty police officers to staff 20 4-hour shifts starting July 4 weekend and extending until Labor Day. The Guild has indicated that they may be able to staff some shifts, but that demands for officers are high during the summer due to construction activities and scheduled events.
While we are working to respond to community requests to investigate further enforcement as a solution for parking and security problems in the West Point area, we are encountering limitations as we move forward due to the defined amount of public resources available to service all of the City's needs.
Watch for an opportunity to hear about the summer trial enforcement period this fall, and feel free to contact me for more information or to express concerns or ask questions.
And -enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
Monica Van der Vieren
King Street Center (206) 477-5502
Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Wastewater Treatment Division
201 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98105-3855