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No overnight moorage this summer at damaged Dockton Park marina; King County Parks developing repair/replacement plans

Summary

No overnight moorage will be available this summer at King County’s Dockton Beach Park while the county develops a plan for repairing or replacing piers and other structures that sustained weather damage this past winter.

Story

Overnight moorage will not be available during the summer boating season at King County’s Dockton Beach Park while King County Parks develops a plan for repairing or replacing the aging piers, pilings and other structures that sustained extensive damage from winter weather.

A small area of the main dock remains open to boats for day use at no fee.  Access is on a first-come, first-served basis with no overnight moorage. The park’s on-land facilities are all open, as is the boat launch.

Over the winter, the Dockton Beach Park marina’s breakwater and finger piers, which were already reaching the end of their designed lifespans, deteriorated beyond King County Parks’ capacity to make repairs that could keep them open and safe for public use. 

King County Parks had been planning several improvements to address the aging facilities this summer, and now Parks is exploring scenarios for repairing, renovating or replacing the existing floats, finger piers, breakwater, and pilings:

 Design, permit, and construct full replacement in kind of all existing floats, finger piers, breakwater, and pilings.
• Design, permit, and construct redesigned replacement for all existing floats, finger piers, breakwater, and pilings.
 Design, permit, and construct reduced footprint replacement for all existing floats, finger piers, breakwater, and pilings.
 Design, permit, and construct rehabilitation measures for the existing floats, finger piers, and breakwater.

King County Parks has $373,000 in grant funding from the Recreation and Conservation Office and had budgeted $500,000 in Parks capital funds for Dockton marina infrastructure improvements. The project was slated for construction this summer, and that funding will now be put toward the more significant work needed at Dockton.

Marina infrastructure is also identified in the proposed 2020-2025 King County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy, and if approved, a portion of levy proceeds will go toward future work at the facility.

The marina will remain closed for overnight moorage until further notice. Subscribe to the Dockton Beach Park email newsletter to receive updates about the marina by clicking here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/subscriber/new?topic_id=WAKING_74.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Doug Williams, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-4543

About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.