Be'er Sheva Park Improvements

Updated: February 2, 2024

Early 2024

Seattle Parks and Recreation opened Be’er Sheva Park on January 31, 2024.  The park renovation is substantially complete! Some additional work needs to be completed before the community ribbon-cutting celebration which will be held on Saturday, April 13.

This includes:

  • Installation of the community-driven artistic art panels
  • Irrigation line work
  • Working with Seattle City Light on services for the park
  • Final detail work

The next two phases include the “In-Water” work project anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024 and will provide habitat enhancement for the Be’er Sheva Park shoreline. The final phase includes the installation of fitness equipment, as well as the play area renovation.

The Be’er Sheva Park project is a great example of a public and private partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Rainier Beach Link2Lake and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Thank you, to the contractor, Wyser Construction, who recently completed the high-quality work and re-opened the park to the community in a timely fashion.    

Please watch this site for additional details about the Ribbon Cutting Celebration – Saturday, April 13 from noon – 4 p.m.

 

We co-hosted an event on April 1 to provide the community with an update on the park renovation plan and construction impacts. Thank you to everyone who attended and collaborated on the community art piece for the future park.  

Rainier Beach’s 2012 Neighborhood plan surfaced a vision of a civic and commercial core that connects Rainier Beach Link Station to the shores of Lake Washington at Be’er Sheva Park. The Rainier Beach Link2Lake (RBL2L) Steering Committee was formed in 2016 to engage the community in realizing this vision, starting with Be’er Sheva Park improvements.

From 2017-2019 RBL2L facilitated a robust community engagement process to design and voice their vision for Be’er Sheva Park. Community design parties at community centers along with a dozen other events and online surveys provided ample space for the community to shape the park’s future. Through this inclusive and collaborative process, the Rainier Beach community finalized a design that includes improved waterfront access, an outdoor stage, safety features such as lighting along pedestrian walkways and in the parking lot, and basic amenities including grills, picnic tables, and seating. It is a vision that truly reflects the dreams, wishes, and needs of one of Seattle’s most diverse communities.

SiteWorkshop helped develop the schematic design and construction documents for each of the projects: Be’er Sheva Park In-Water & Be’er Sheva Park Upland. Seattle Parks and Recreation is supporting the community by managing the design, construction documentation, permitting, bidding, and phased construction. The design and project construction is a multi-phased approach. The first phase included a comfort station mural which was completed in June 2021 by youth, young adults, and community members.
Mural as seen on three sides of comfort station.

Location

Be'er Sheva Park, 8650 55th Ave S, 98118

Budget

This community driven project began with a $133,0000 Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods which provided funding for the initial planning and design. Funding for the overall improvements at Be’er Sheva Park is a public, private partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Rainier Beach Link2Lake, and the Seattle Parks Foundation, who secured funding from a variety of public and private sources including the Metropolitan District Funding, the State of Washington, King County and the City of Seattle to reach the $2.5 million project goal.

Schedule

Design Completion: Fall 2019 (upland phase); Fall 2021 (in-water phase)
Construction: 
  •    Upland: Spring 2023 (all permits received)
  •    In-Water: Anticipated Fall 2023 (permit dependent)
       Permits Pending for In-Water work:
         • Pending - Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from Washington State Fish & Wildlife
         • Pending - Approval from the US Army Corp of Engineer

Project Description

The next phase includes two components:

Upland Work: The upland work includes improved waterfront access, new walkways and lighting, picnic tables, barbeques, a covered picnic pavilion, a fitness area, an outdoor cultural stage, and more! Construction documents for the upland phase of work are complete and construction permits were received in October 2022. Funding is secured for the project and construction will start in spring 2023.

In-Water Work:  The In-water phase includes fish habitat enhancement. The in-water phase of the project is underway and headed toward 90%
completion depending on permitting. All funding is secured for in-water work.

Anticipated Impact: Specific areas of the park will be closed during construction.

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after a review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued March 8, 2021
Download the DNS document for additional information
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here
View the DRAFT Shoreline Permit Application Figures document here

Download the meeting information post card and map here

Schematic Design Report - July 2018

Public Meeting #1  3/3/2018

Public Meeting #2  4/21/2018

Public Meeting #3  6/2/2018

Construction Launch Celebration Event  4/1/2023

News Items Links

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813
pks_info@seattle.gov

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