Edmonds Waterfront Development

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

In January 2021 the City of Edmonds completed the Waterfront Redevelopment Project which included removing an aged creosote parking pier that extended over the beach. Removal of the pier included significant removal of hazardous material including over 50 creosote coated pilings and 4,305 cubic yards of contaminated soil. The new parking area features significant LID improvements including a 260% increase in pervious surface and on-site treatment of 100% of the stormwater runoff through the use of two bioretention cells and two concrete bioretention planters. Beachfront that was previously covered by the creosote pier has been replaced with natural elements to include boulders, logs and native plantings in support of wildlife and fish habitat (specifically Sand Lance and Surf Smelt) on the upland, beach and intertidal zones. Public access to the waterfront has significantly increased by connecting a pathway to the existing waterfront pathway to the North, adding two wider sets of stairs and a hand carried boat launch and accessible ramp. The pathway is lit and includes artistic features intended to represent the movement of water while integrating artistic features symbolic of the Puget Sound marine life.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Edmonds City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $415,743.00 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 21 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-2074

Location Details

Head west on 212th St SW from Hwy 99. Continue to the roundabout and take the second right and head west on Main Street. Continue on Main Street through downtown. Cross the railroad tracks and make a left on Railroad Ave. The worksite will be on the right.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.