Friday, February 20, 2009
In the last few years, the south beach at Seahurst has become the poster child of "restored" beaches on Puget Sound. And maybe for good reason. It's hard to believe that in the early 1960s, there was a road on the back of this beach, and that until early 2005, the upper beach was completely buried under fill and riprap and stacks and stacks of hemorrhaging gabions.
There are no shortage of nourished beaches in the United States, but not many of them look like this. Mixed sandy gravel beach and lots of drift logs. Sure doesn't look like Indian Rocks. There's interest now in restoring more of the beach on the north half of the park (Seahurst Park, from a year ago), where things get much more complicated and expensive.