Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Why Is There A New Fence At Waterway 1?


The Laurelhurst Blog Staff has received several emails about the black fence at Waterway 1, at the corner of 43rd Avenue NE and NE 35th Street,  that appeared recently.

One neighbor emailed:
What's up with the shoreline fence at waterway one? A temporary fence was put up a few weeks ago.  
There is no signage indicating its purpose, and it's starting to fall down and look junky.

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) said about the fence:
It is our understanding that it is just temporary to prevent the newly installed silt from falling into the lake.    
The temporary fence is a requirement for undertaking work on the shoreline.

Waterway #1 was used long ago as a boat launch for one of Seattle’s mosquito fleet ferries, the Laurelhurst Launch, which shuttled folks from Laurelhurst to Madison Park and back. 

"Now it is a rare and treasured public access point to the waterfront where people can go to observe nature, walk dogs, launch non-motorized boats and play basketball," LCC said. 

The property is owned by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and regulated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Go here for more information on Waterway 1.

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