Rainier Beach Be’er Sheva Planning Committee invites neighbors to celebrate the schematic design for Be’er Sheva Park

The Rainier Beach community is invited to the third meeting for the Be’er Sheva Park improvement project. Please join your neighbors and friends on June 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Be’er Sheva Park, 8640 55th Ave. S to provide input on the schematic design for the park and to join in a celebratory party.

This community initiated project received Neighborhood Matching Funds to create a schematic design for improvements at Be’er Sheva Park. Possible improvements include better access to the park’s lakeside end at the S. Henderson St. corridor with greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations.

The Rainier Beach Link2Lake Open Space Steering Committee hired a landscape architect to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements. Thank you to everyone who attended the previous meetings in March and April.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/link2beach

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Pam Kliment at 206-684-7556 or pamela.kliment@seattle.gov.



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Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project improves habitat for Lake Washington salmon

The Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project in Beer Sheva Park is near completion.  This is the same Mapes Creek that flows through Kubota Garden and Sturtevant Ravine.

In early 2014, Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, began a project to reroute Mapes Creek from entering a sewer pipe and take it in its own dedicated pipe to Beer Sheva Park and Lake Washington in support of salmon habitat.  The project required installing several hundred feet of a pipe under the 52nd Ave walkway and S Henderson St. and building a new natural creek channel in the park where the pipe could release the water to flow into the lake.

The restored connection to the lakeshore is important to juvenile Chinook salmon who migrate from the Cedar River to Puget Sound along the lakeshore.  They use creek mouths to feed and rest on their long journey to salt water.

The creek restoration project also includes a new pathway, pedestrian bridge and public art by John Grade.  A celebratory opening event will be planned next spring.

The Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project was a joint project with SPU’s 52nd Ave. S. Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Reduction Project.