Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project

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Updated 11/8/21

    Path to the beach is via a rough asphalt/gravel surface and the existing non-ADA accessible concrete culvert only (Note: Steel grates within culvert are not in place due to fish passage issues); All fenced areas or otherwise marked areas are closed to the public, including the picnic shelter

    ADA access road (75th Pl W) is open to vehicles and pedestrians with limited ADA parking available (4 stalls)

    Portable restrooms located at 156th St. trailhead and lower park beach access

    Beach access may be closed with limited notice under certain conditions 1) BNSF driving railroad bridge piles; 2) Culvert flooding; 3) Trespass issues; 4) Other construction concerns


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.

STATUS — 2021 Construction

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 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 placed within the estuary
  • BNSF procured H-piles and bridge components for 2022 install

2022 Construction (start date TBD)

Activities to occur in 2022 include:

  • Constructing temporary embankments for railroad crossing and railroad bridge construction
  • Removal of 100-feet of embankment and 6-foot wide culvert
  • Beach grading
  • Installation of utilities including storm, electrical, water and irrigation
  • Finalizing estuary grading and removal of debris and fill materials, fabric, topsoils and planting installation
  • Park elements installation including benches, picnic table, portable restroom enclosure
  • Picnic shelter improvements
  • Interpretive signage

Schedule Update

The project completion date has been revised to the original date of fall 2022 requiring spring/summer/fall beach access closure. In addition to some typical construction issues, BNSF notified the county in late August that fires in California destroyed two BNSF bridges and one tunnel requiring reallocation of BNSF resources (equipment and staff) which resulted in installation of the bridges delayed until 2022. Because removal of the embankment and culvert is partially within marine and freshwater, those tasks cannot commence until the 2022 fish windows of July 1 through October 1.


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 update to Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee June 19, 2019
  • Construction Haul Route Public Meeting – February 20, 2019
  • Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee May 20, 2020
  • Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council September 24, 2020 


Contact Person: 

Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
Email Logan Daniels
Phone: 425-388-6619