On second look, Seattle Parks discovers, and plans temporary fix for, seawall damage from stolen car pushed into water

July 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm | In Crime, West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Remember the car stolen from Queen Anne, found upside down in the water off Emma Schmitz Overlook?

(Photo republished with permission of Beach Drive Blog)
That’s the photo from Beach Drive Blog‘s original report early Sunday morning, June 22nd. We followed up with Seattle Police and Parks the next day and published this story. Right after the crarsh, Parks didn’t find noticeable seawall damage, but on second look, that assessment has changed. Update today from Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad:

The crews who maintain the parks couldn’t tell if there was damage, but when our engineers went out there, they definitely found some. Please see attached pictures.

We are going to truss up the wall with structural steel as a temporary measure as we await a full replacement. We have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers for some time on a replacement project, and we expect that the replacement will happen sometime within the next two to three years.

BDB reported on the replacement plans back in April.


  1. The pile of rubble at the bottom is a pretty good clue of recent damage.

    Comment by dsa — 7:04 pm July 1, 2014 #

  2. Also, those metal ties look like they were absolutely structurally sound before the damage.

    Comment by PW — 5:31 pm July 2, 2014 #

  3. Seems like a perfect opportunity to start a discussion about sea walls and the health of the nearshore environment. I wonder if those plans have involved a discussion about a lower impact design for this shoreline management project…

    Comment by Diverlaura — 12:57 pm July 3, 2014 #

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