Protect Lowman Beach Park
This page is dedicated to protecting two unique West Seattle parks
-- Updated January 19, 2013 --
The mission of this Web page was quite different in the beginning (early 2005). It was about preventing further damage to two unique West Seattle parks -- Lowman Beach Park and Cove Park by "industrial development" efforts of the King County Wastewater Division. The neighborhood succeeded in minimizing any further industrialization of Lowman Beach Park. It is a very small consolation prize, given all the things that have gone wrong.
Please Attend the Design Meetings! (If you care about access and safety)
If you visit the website Daffy County, you can read about all the things that have gone wrong, including the destruction of 19 prime, affordable rental units directly across the street from Lowman Beach Park. At One Good Flush Deserves Another, you can take the pledge to "flush" the so-called leaders in this irrational and immoral disaster, the next time they run for elected office.
All I and a few neighbors (who understand and respect the rights of renters and the immoral land-grab that is going on in this matter) can do is continue to spotlight and protest the irrationality and attempt to hold the so-called leaders in this fiasco accountable. In that regard, see the "political art" hung near the homes slated for destruction during the 2012 Halloween season -- Fearsome Four.
This page will no longer by updated. However if you wish to view my history of advocacy for the Lowman Beach Park neighborhood, please take a look below.
-- Take care, and best wishes, Ron Sterling, M.D.
Meetings continue with respect to design aspects of the facility. I encourage all those who utilize the 7000 block of Beach Drive SW for its connection to the north entrance of Lincoln Park's beach walk for running, walking, bicycling, etc. to attend this meeting and any other such "design" meetings.
My Most Recent E-Mail to King County and the Design Committee.
Current design plans will clearly make such uses more dangerous than what park and street surface users experience now. One of the plans recommends to continue parking on the street, but narrow the street.
No "improvements" such as widening the sidewalks to get people off the street as much as possible or eliminating street parking entirely by placing a parking lot area in the northwest corner of the CSO project site are planned.
In addition, King County intends to appropriate the current long-standing public right of way named Murray Ave SW between Lincoln Park Way SW and Beach Drive without granting an equal amount of land somewhere on the CSO site for at least an equal amount of parking. Currently, residents can park where the design drawings are showing a private driveway to the CSO facility.
Kayakers, wind surfers, kiteboarders, walkers, runners, bicyclists and others should attend these design meetings if you care about preserving your access to Lowman Park and to the the longstanding use of the 7000 Beach Drive SW block for a thruway through Lincoln Park and appropriate access to the north end of Lincoln Park Beach, and if you care about safety.
My somewhat crude design suggestion can be viewed by clicking here (small pdf file).
The following is what I recently sent to the design committee and Doug Marsano (Doug.Marsano at kingcounty.gov), Water Quality Planner:
Below is Old News and the Old Struggle Beginning in Early 2005.
Dear Doug: As you know, I decided not to participate in design discussions from "inside" a CAG, given the very bad experience I and others had with the previous CAG that worked so hard through the summer of 2011, only to be "slapped in the face." I will work as much as I can from outside the current CAG to influence King County to do the right things. I recently sent the following e-mail to those shown on the address list.
It includes, as an attachment, another drawing that is close to what I feel is correct for all parties concerned, park users, neighbors, runners, walkers, kayakers, etc.
I plan on running this concept by a number of community members and park users for feedback and support, if the feedback is supportive of the concepts displayed in the drawing and discussed in the e-mail. I draw your attention specifically to the issue of KC's plan to appropriate the complete current public right of way known as Murray Ave SW between Beach Drive SW and Lincoln Park Way SW.
It is my opinion that such an appropriation of a public right of way used for parking and other public right of way rights needs to be compensated with at least an equal amount of such public right of way on some other part of the land being used for the CSO tank project. Just taking things belonging to the public is not, in my opinion, very neighborhood friendly, without providing for what is being taken from the public somewhere else in the vicinity of what is being taken. That is why in the drawing I show parking lot area on the "CSO property" in compensation for the Murray right of way taking.
I hope this makes sense. I have not heard any feedback from the addressees noted below, so I am assuming there is no negative feedback, nor, probably, was such a similar concept discussed previously in the CAG, unless CAG members and others are just giving me the "silent treatment." Not sure.
Hopefully, this will be helpful in brainstorming further relevant design concepts and park and neighborhood needs that have not, in my opinion, been covered adequately in previous CAG meetings and reports.
Please distribute this at the CAG meeting this Tuesday evening, March 20. See you there. Thanks, Ron
Several conversations and discussions have taken place with members of the Seattle City Council, King County Council, King County Wastewater (KC Wastewater) personnel, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Morgan Junction Community Association, and the Fauntleroy Community Association.
View Photographs of Lowman Beach and Cove Parks.
Seattle Councilmember Rasmussen's office, and King County Councilmember Constantine's offices have been particularly helpful with efforts to involve the community and the community's vision in the proposed land use by KC Wastewater.
The latest news is that King County Wastewater, in discussions with and with the direction of Dow Constantine's office, has dropped its current plans for the Murray Pump Station and, in collaboration with a Community Committee, will redraft plans for the expansion. (See minutes from meeting below).
The paragraphs below are arranged in chronological order from the most recent to the older news. To view older news, historical information, and photographs, please scroll down the page.
- On April 21, 2005, at the Morgan Junction Community Association (MOCA) meeting, King County Wastewater announced that it is setting aside the previous plans for the Murray Pump Station expansion in and under Lowman Beach Park. Dow Constantine's office has stepped up to the plate and will play a significant role in deciding on final draft plans submitted to them from a collaborative effort between and among King County Wastewater and a Community Committee. You can read more about what took place at the April 21 meeting -- Minutes from April 21, 2005, MOCA Meeting (small Adobe Acrobat document).
- If you would like to be a member of the Community Committee whose mission will be to assist King Count Wastewater in their planning for the Murray Pump Station expansion, please let me know by e-mailing me at RonSterling@RonSterling.com. The membership of the committee needs to be finalized by about June 1, 2005.
- The minutes for the public meeting which took place on February 24, 2005, are available as a small Adobe Acrobat document by clicking on the following link -- Minutes from the Public Meeting of February 24, 2005. The meeting was well-attended and representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. In addition, Brian Hawksford from Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen's office attended the meeting.
What's next? Information, testimony, and written comments submitted at the meeting will be considered by the Seattle DPD and a written recommendation will be forwarded to a Hearing Examiner. An appeal period will exist for two weeks from the date of that written recommendation. A hearing date will be set. A hearing will take place before the Hearing Examiner. The hearing results will be put on agenda for the City Council to hear and approve or disapprove the DPD/Hearing Examiner decision.
- Very Important -- Please Note: February 24, 2005 (Next Meeting) -- The Morgan Junction Community Association (MoCA) is sponsoring a meeting dedicated to discussions between the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and our community regarding the Murray Pump Station (Lowman Beach Park) and Barton Pump Station (Cove Park) expansion plans. Representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation and King County Wastewater will also be in attendance.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the The Kenney Retirement Community in West Seattle.
Malli Anderson, from the DPD, will be accepting oral and written comments and will likely base her recommendations to the DPD on what is offered to her and what she hears at this meeting. Please attend and provide written comments if you can.
After Malli Anderson receives comments, she will make a determination of what her recommendation will be and will forward it to the DPD. An official hearing may then take place before the DPD. Malli's options are to recommend for the project, recommend with conditions, or recommend against the project.
If you do not understand what the major issues might be, please read the communications that are posted below. Thank you for your consideration and support!
The documents that are available are small Adobe Acrobat documents.
- E-mail from Ron Sterling to Mr. Bounds, dated 02/10/05.
- Kenneth Bounds, Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation, letter sent by e-mail to Ron Sterling, dated 02/09/05.
- Donald Harris, Property Management and Acquisition Services Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation, e-mail to Ron Sterling, dated 02/01/05, clarifying Ms. Huber's remarks in her e-mail dated 01/28/05.
- E-mail from Ron Sterling to Ade Franklin, Project Manager, King County Wastewater, dated 01/26/05.
- E-mail from Ms. Huber of King County Wastewater answering questions asked about Combined Sewage Overflow tanks that are planned for the Barton and Murray Pump Stations in 2010 and 2011.
- E-mail from Ron Sterling to Ade Franklin and Dow Constantine's office asking for more clarification and detail about mandates and plans, dated 01/24/05.
- The Morgan Junction Community Association (MoCA) meeting that took place on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at the The Kenney Retirement Community in West Seattle, was well-attended.
Donald Harris and Richard Frith from Seattle Parks and Recreation (Seattle Parks) answered questions about the role of Seattle Parks with respect to KC Wastewater's request for a park use permit to expand Murray Pump Station. Seattle Parks has only recently received some of the appropriate materials from KC Wastewater and is processing the information for the purpose of making a recommendation for or against. They have not made a determination as yet.
Representatives from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development did not attend the meeting as they had promised. KC Wastewater representatives had earlier indicated a conflict in scheduling.
- A letter requesting that Seattle Parks and Recreation deny a park use permit to King County Wastewater (KC Wastewater) was sent to Mr. Ken Bounds, Superintendent, on January 24, 2005. To view a copy of the letter, please go to Request to Deny Park Use Permit to King County Wastewater Division and Halt Proposed Land Use (Master Use Project #2307814) -- Expansion of Murray Pump Station in Lowman Beach Park which is a small Adobe Acrobat document.
- I collected 57 signatures on a petition to request a hearing from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD). I needed 50 signatures. Thank you all for your support! The signatures and the request for a hearing were submitted to the DPD on Tuesday, January 18, 2005.
No hearing has yet been scheduled. Please check back often for updates and announcements.
- A letter requesting a halt to all planning was sent to the relevant Councilmembers, the Seattle Mayor, and the King County Executive on January 14, 2005. To view a copy of the letter, please go to Request to Halt Proposed Land Use Action (Master Use Project #2307814) Until the Community is Properly Consulted and Significantly Involved in the Planning Process which is a small Adobe Acrobat document.
- I received and replied to an e-mail from King County Wastewater that answered several questions I asked on December 21, 2004. To view a copy of those e-mails, please go to E-mails from and to King County Wastewater (01/21/05 and 01/24/05) which is a small Adobe Acrobat document.
- View a detailed plot plan drawing of the proposed construction (small Adobe Acrobat document) by clicking here.
- View the State Environmental Policy Act document filed by KC Wastewater for the Murray Pump Station expansion plans on April 1, 2004 (25-page Adobe Acrobat document) by clicking here.
Click on the following links to view pictures of Lowman Beach Park and Cove Park.