Lake Washington beach access in dispute after City of Seattle begins improvements on property

A small public beach on Lake Washington is in dispute at the end of NE 130th Street.

A small public beach on Lake Washington is in dispute at the end of NE 130th Street.

A small Lake Washington public beach access at the end of NE 130th Street is in dispute after the Seattle Department of Transportation erected a sign and started improvements on the property. The planned improvements are being done as part of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

When a sign was erected recently announcing the street end improvements Seattle Parks and Seattle’s Department of Transportation planned for the property, an adjacent property owner filed a dispute of title, saying the land is private property. The planned improvements on the property are modest and are funded by the parks levy passed by voters.

As the property title is sorted out, the project has been put on hold. From a notice posted at the site:

The City of Seattle was informed that possible street vacation of this site occurred several decades ago and needs time to thoroughly understand what actions may have occurred, and the impact of city jurisdiction of this site.

SDOT is currently researching property records.

The upper part of a new staircase leading to Lake Washington and the Burke-Gilman Trail below.

The upper part of a new staircase leading to Lake Washington and the Burke-Gilman Trail below.

Stairs leading to the Burke-Gilman and Lake Washington access from 42nd Avenue NE have been recently rebuilt, providing easier access to the water and the Burke-Gilman Trail below. The rebuilt stairs have proved to be a popular route to the trail below for people in the neighborhood.

The refurbished stairs replaced old steep and dangerous stairs that used to lead down to the trail and the water access.

There are few other Lake Washington public access spots north of Matthews Beach Park.

The notice says that the funds may be transferred to another project if the land proves to be private property.

You can see a Google Street view of the area below:


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