FOLLOWUP: Lowman Beach project ‘substantially complete’ but still fenced off

Nice afternoon to walk on the beach. You can do that along the entire stretch of Lowman Beach now – but aside from the beach, most of the rest of the park remains fenced off, though the work to remove its seawall and restore its shore is done. It’s been eight months since work started in earnest on the $1.2 million project, which matches the duration estimate Seattle Parks gave at the time. Asked about the project’s status, Parks spokesperson Karen O’Connor told WSB, “The project is substantially complete. The park is partially fenced off to allow lawn to establish. This year we had such a cold spring so it’s taking longer for lawn to establish. We anticipate removing the fence around the turf this summer. The new beach area is currently open to the public. People can access from the street-end access point.” (That’s on the south side of the park and requires clambering over driftwood to get to the water.)

17 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Lowman Beach project 'substantially complete' but still fenced off"

  • Kersti Muul June 2, 2022 (4:20 pm)

    The first seeding failed and was just redone. Also this is good because killdeer babies just now running around and this will give them a little more time. 

  • lowmanbeachdrive June 2, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    Looks wonderful, thank you, Seattle Parks!

  • A-Red June 2, 2022 (5:17 pm)

    Sad that they couldn’t put a restroom in and that people will continue peeing in the bushes. The suggestion was made multiple times in the design review stages–first when they were building the sewage pump station (practically a natural place to install a restroom), and again when they proposed changes to the park / removal of the tennis court. 

    • Jay June 3, 2022 (8:15 am)

      This. If you have to go when visiting a Seattle park you usually have to pee in a bush.

  • John June 2, 2022 (5:52 pm)

    The amount of time this area has been closed is getting to the point of unacceptable.

    • A believer. June 3, 2022 (9:14 am)

      It should be open in just over 45 weeks. So John, 316 days…

  • Wsea June 2, 2022 (6:35 pm)

    Does anyone know if there is a water fountain in the new park? I doubt it since no bathroom but maybe. 

  • Happy June 2, 2022 (7:25 pm)

    It looks beautiful! 

  • Shufflerunner June 2, 2022 (7:48 pm)

    The juxtaposition of the bench being gated from the beach is practically art. 

  • RJ June 2, 2022 (8:27 pm)

    Weren’t the new bathroom’s on Alki fenced for months after ‘substantially complete’? 

  • SB June 2, 2022 (8:33 pm)

    So why can’t the parks department cut the grass? The only grass, shown on the right, that has been cut has been done by a kind neighbor. Park’s employees said they will get to it eventually. It’s four feet high in places. Sad really.

    • My two cents June 3, 2022 (1:22 am)

      I would also speculate that the maintenance functions would be curtailed since the site is a construction site. Flip the situation around of having the grass mowed by parks and rec and then the next week 30 dump trucks go in and out turning things into a mud pit. Expecting coordinated scheduling between the two entities isn’t realistic.

  • Mj June 3, 2022 (7:54 am)

    A-Red – agreed the dearth of public restrooms in Seattle is appalling.

  • Jennie June 3, 2022 (8:46 am)

    Walked past here the other day – it looks beautiful and very natural. There was a child on the swing. Maybe a honey bucket could be added and serviced. The Find It, Fix It App has a place to log an Overgrown Vegetation request.

  • WS resident June 3, 2022 (7:44 pm)

    Can’t wait to see the new park. They really should have installed one of them self cleaning bathrooms. Yes they’re costly, but with the amount of money this city throws into the abyss…. oh well. Hopefully the lawn stays clear of needles so that kids and adults alike can sit down and walk around barefoot.

  • BigB June 4, 2022 (12:20 am)

    I’m still advocating for tennis a court to return.  Pelly creek is a joke, it been a dry ditch even though it’s been a wet spring. 

  • Kristina June 5, 2022 (9:25 pm)

    It looks so much bigger now that there isn’t a fenced in tennis court and with beach access greatly expanded because the sea wall was removed. I am excited for it to fully re-open – it’s my favorite spot in West Seattle, home to many great memories of paddle boarding, picnics, reading, swimming. The improvements are wonderful!

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