Senator Maria Cantwell visits Meadowdale Beach
After a decade of planning, construction has begun on renovations at the waterfront park to create a 1.3-acre pocket estuary that will bring back Chinook, chum, and coho salmon, as well as cutthroat trout.
On July 9 local politicians and advocates assembled for a tour of the site. Among the speakers were U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, state Sen. Marko Liias, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson, and county Councilmember Megan Dunn.
“This is just an unbelievable investment that kind of, I think, is going to be symbolic for what we need to do,” Cantwell said. “… We’re learning if we want a shot at saving salmon, then we need to stop and think about how to pull out these blockages.”
Construction and limited park access for the Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project began on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and will continue through the fall. The project is estimated to be fully completed in the spring of 2022.