Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brackett's Landing North

In the late 1980s, Edmonds fixed up this little pocket beach north of the ferry terminal. With Wolf Bauer's guidance, they improved the rock jetty (groin?) and brought in additional sand and gravel to rebuild the beach. Longshore drift has sort of lost its meaning here in Edmonds, thanks to all the historic modification, but that doesn't mean the shoreline has to be all riprap and seawall.

In the mid-1990s, the old timber seawall behind the beach was destroyed by a storm riding very high water, but the replacement is an elegant sinuous structure that marks the back of the beach and keeps logs out of the parking lot during high tides. The parks in Edmonds are full of little surprises - public art, engraved quotations, textured concrete, and frequent reminders of maritime connections.

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