Meydenbauer Bay Park and Marina Projects
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Exciting improvements in the works
New visitor moorage is close to completion, the lake sewer line will be replaced and funding to design, permit and develop the first phase of the Meydenbauer Bay Park Adopted Master Plan is on its way.
Marina Visitor Moorage
City staff worked with the Meydenbauer neighborhood and KPFF engineers to arrive at a plan that renovated previously unusable dock area on Pier 3 to provide visitor moorage. Construction is slated for completion in early 2014 at the latest, and staff is working to implement management guidelines to help ensure boaters, park users and neighbors are accommodated politely and safely. Signage will include: allowable length of stay, park closure times, safety instructions, and whom to call in emergencies. When visitor moorage opens, staff will be on site during busy hours to greet boaters and collect information that will help inform future management strategies.
Meydenbauer Bay Park Development - Phase 1
The City Council has approved capital funds to begin implementing park development from the Meydenbauer Bay Park & Land Use Plan. The city included $9 million in the 2013-2019 Capital Investment Program Plan, beginning in 2015, and the state Legislature appropriated an additional $3 million grant to facilitate preparations for the first phase.
Staff has been working with the state Department of Commerce to provide the city with a contract for the funding. We hope to present the contract to the City Council before the end of 2013, so the Council can review and approve the contract and accept the grant.
The park will be developed according to the Adopted Master Plan. The first phase of development will occur west of 99th Avenue Northeast.
Park improvements will likely include:
- Daylight stream, abandon storm drain system, enhance ravine, selective clearing, native landscaping, trails and footbridge and shoreline restoration and estuary creation.
- Expand and relocate swim beach, curvilinear pier, restroom/changing rooms, access and launch for hand-carried and operated vessels.
- Discovery playground, shoreline restoration, shoreline promenade/emergency access.
- Parking and access, including plaza and pull-off with parking. (An interim parking strategy will be included, as future underground parking is not included in Phase 1.)
- Open lawn and picnic area, site grading, excavation and stone retaining walls, and hillside woodland.
- Whaling building repairs and upgrades. (Specific scope items will be determined in the design phase.)
If you would like to see more details of the improvements listed above, please see the Adopted Master Plan for more information.
On a parallel track, the city has requested proposals for an architectural and engineering team to assist the city with detailed design, permits and construction drawings for the first phase of Meydenbauer Bay Park. Proposals are due in December. We hope to have a firm selected and a contract for design services before the City Council in the first quarter of 2014.
Additional steps to prepare for Phase 1 development include survey, plans and permitting for demolition of four additional city-owned houses (red X's on drawing below). Public access to the residentially-zoned park properties will require a conditional use permit, so fencing will need to remain in place until park use is permitted. This permitting process could extend through most of 2014.
Staff is looking forward to working with the neighborhood and the greater community on this phase of park design and development.
Next Steps / Schedule
- Late 2013 or early 2014 - Visitor moorage opens and is available for public use.
- Spring or summer 2014 - Four additional city-owned houses will be removed.
- Summer 2014 - The Utility Department's Sewer Lake Line Replacement project is scheduled to begin in late May, starting on the east side of the Bellevue Marina at the Grange Pump Station, and moving toward the existing Meydenbauer Beach Park. The Beach Park will not close for sewer construction until after Labor Day. For more information on the sewer line replacement project, contact Jay Hummel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-4160.