Meadowdale Beach Park – Access 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

Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to develop saltwater beach access at Meadowdale Beach Park, at the north end of Brown’s Bay on Puget Sound. The County will build a 128-foot-long railroad bridge, a 9-foot-wide path under the south bridge abutment, and a viewing platform on the beach. The goal of this project is to improve access to beach and address safety concerns. Currently, people determined to get to the beach illegally cross the heavily traveled railroad line. Snohomish County will contribute more than $8.1 million in cash, a federal grant, a grant from the state Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, a grant from the salmon recovery program, and a state grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Snohomish County Parks Dept Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $ 1,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 8,148,207.00 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 21 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1507

Location Details

From I-5, take exit for 220th St SW (Exit 179). Turn west onto 220th St SW. Turn right onto 76th Ave W which becomes 75th Pl W. There is a gate at this entrance which requires a pin code to open the gate (call 425-388-6619 or 425-388-6600 for code). There is limited parking at this entrance but official visitors may travel past Ranger residence and park on the paved path or lawn if dry. Additional park access is available from 156th St SW and requires a 1-1/4 mile hike down a steep trail.

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.