Kayak Point Park Restoration Feasibility Study

Kayak Point Park Restoration Feasibility Study

Kayak Point County Park is a popular destination for picnics, boating, fishing, and supports a wide variety of marine life.  While it is one of the few remaining areas of relatively unaltered shoreline in the area, the site suffers from southern beach erosion and facilities damage due to a bulkhead.  In an effort to restore normal sediment transport and reduce the need for ongoing road repairs, the MRC is working with the local community and partners to develop a restoration plan for the park.

Restoration Planning

The MRC is working with Snohomish County Parks and Recreation and People For Puget Sound to restore habitat and habitat-forming processes at Kayak Point Park.

The restoration planning process began in 2009 with a public Visioning Workshop to find out what park  visitors valued most about the park and what they would like to see in the future.  The feedback from this workshop was incorporated in the planning process. 

As a part of the restoration planning, WSU Snohomish County Beach Watchers completed three years of pre-restoration monitoring. Data on the beach profile, substrate composition, and intertidal organisms was collected.

Coastal Geologic Services (CGS) completed a restoration design in early 2010.  The design included the removal of a portion of the bulkhead, relocating the existing road landward, installing a storm berm to mimic natural process and facilitate sediment transport processes, and guidelines for restoring the backshore area with native plants.

In March 2010, the second of two Visioning Workshops was held to gather public input on three redevelopment design options.  From this workshop, two conceptual designs options were proposed.   One design includes a barrier lagoon and the other does not have this feature. 

In response to concerns over the possible inclusion of a lagoon, the MRC and People For Puget Sound funded a study to assess the feasibility of this restoration option.  Coastal Geologic Services completed the study in mid 2011.  The study indicated that the entrance from Puget Sound to the proosed 0.6 acre lagoon would likely open and close intermittently and thus not provide the intended benefit to juvenile salmon.

The MRC will maintain a relationship with the Snohomish County Parks Department and look for ways to support further restoration and enhancement of the park for both listed species and human visitors.

Kayak Point Park Restoration Feasibility Study