Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project

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Updated 11/10/22

Fall 2022 Construction

On August 28 and September 18 the County successfully installed 2 train track bridges. This work was completed within 24 hours on each day at the Park. BNSF went to great efforts to schedule these days for a complete shutdown of all rail traffic so we could accomplish this work. Construction work on the park will continue through spring 2023.

What will be happening and when?

  • During 2022 construction, the trail from 156th St. SW parking lot trailhead will be closed at the pedestrian bridge crossing near the Ranger residence (appox. 1 mile from trailhead) with no access to the beach. 
  • Beach access is anticipated to be open in late December 2022 and the project is anticipated to be fully complete in the spring of 2023.
  • There is no pedestrian or public vehicular access from 75th Pl. W (ADA limited Access Road) April through late December 2022.
  • County tidelands are closed to the public.
  • There are no portable restrooms along trail. The only portable restrooms are located at the parking lot trailhead.


This project entails removing 128 linear feet of railroad embankment (shoreline armoring) along with the 6-foot wide culvert and installing a 5-span railroad bridge with a 100-foot opening to address ADA accessibility, beach access, fish passage, flooding, sediment delivery and maintenance issues associated with the undersized culvert. This project will restore a historic (pre-railroad) 1.3-acre estuary that will provide essential rearing habitat for ESA-listed Chinook (threatened), Chum, and Coho salmon as well as Cutthroat trout; and restore nearshore processes key to Puget Sound recovery. Additional habitat and stream enhancement will occur upstream of the estuary and a second footbridge will be installed to provide viewing platform of fish migration. Recreation components include a foot-wash, and picnic and bench viewpoints of the beach, estuary and Lund’s Gulch Creek. The existing portable restroom enclosure will be relocated out of the floodway and the ADA-parking will be brought up to current standards.

The Meadowdale Beach Park & Estuary Restoration Project is funded in part by the Federal Rail Administration, NOAA Fisheries, Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration, State Salmon Recovery Grants, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the EPA, and the Restore America’s Estuaries: NEP CWG Program.

2021 Construction Completed

Activities that occurred during 2021 include clearing and grubbing, demolition, tree salvage, road reinforcement, erosion and sediment control, excavation for pedestrian bridge abutments, north trail rockery, and surfacing, and the following key milestones:

  • 364 spiral nails and spider hubs were installed to reinforce the ADA access road
  • Fill, including debris in excess of 10,000 yds excavated and removed off-site
  • Estuary substrates and starter channel installed
  • Nine of twelve snags for habitat installed
  • 21 pieces of large wood were installed within the creek and additional pieces were placed within the estuary
  • BNSF procured H-piles and bridge components for the 2022 install

2022 Construction Activities

  • Constructing temporary embankments for railroad crossing and railroad bridge construction
  • Removal of 128 feet of railroad embankment and 6-foot wide culvert and install two railroad bridge sections
  • Beach grading
  • Installing utilities including storm, electrical, water, and irrigation
  • Finalizing estuary grading and removal of debris and fill materials, fabric, topsoils, and planting installation
  • Installing benches, picnic tables, and portable restroom enclosure
  • Upgrading picnic shelter
  • Installing interpretive signage

City of Edmonds Haul Route Update (see Haul Route Map link below)

The Contractor will be hauling equipment and materials into (import) and from (export) the site along the haul route (map attached below). Periods of more extensive haul (dump trucks) will occur mid-May (2-3 weeks) and then from mid to late July through September.

Schedule Update

The project completion date has been revised to late 2022 due to unanticipated events. Wildfires in California destroyed two BNSF bridges and one tunnel and required reallocation of BNSF equipment and staff. As a result, the railroad bridge installation was delayed until 2022. Because some new construction improvements are partially within marine and freshwater, those tasks can only be done within the fish window of July 15th-October 15th. Major construction elements have been completed, including the railroad bridges and beach and estuary grading. Completion of the rest of the project and opening the site for public access at the end of 2022 is weather dependent but currently on schedule.

 Thank you for your patience as we try and complete this amazing restoration project in 2022! 


The project is currently still within the proposed budget.


  • Estimated total construction cost: $15M
  • Total grants received: $6,704,078
    • Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP) - Water Access Grant - $604,078
    • Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) Grant - $500,000
    • Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Grant - $800,000
    • Estuary Salmon and Restoration Program Grant - $1,000,000
    • Federal Rail Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvement (FRA/CRISI) Grant - $3,500,000
    • National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grant - $300,000
    • County (Parks and Recreation (REET)/Surface Water Management/Councilmatic Bonds) - $8.046M


  • Presented project to WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council March 17, 2022 
  • Presented project to Pilchuck Audubon Society March 11, 2022 
  • Parks and SWM/MRC on-site presentation to students (11-16 y.o.) from Sky Valley Education Center, Monroe School District


Contact Person: 

Rachel Dotson

Park Planning Supervisor


Rob Marchand

Senior Park Planner