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Beaver Lake Preserve Project

Overview

Phase II A improvements are proposed for spring 2016 and consist of additional trails to the north of West Beaver Lake Drive SE to close an existing trail loop as well as trail extensions to the lake, south of West Beaver Lake Drive SE. Other proposed improvements consist of restoration to the picnic meadow, site furnishings (picnic tables with picnic pads, grills, trash receptacle, bike-rack), signage and a few viewing platforms/overlooks as well as habitat enhancement. Volunteer work parties with Washington Trails Association (WTA) are now underway! For more information and to sign up, please visit the Volunteer page.

Timeline

  • Land-Use Permits: August - December 2015
  • Clear and Grade Permits: January - March 2016
  • Volunteer work parties, trail construction: April - September 2016

Project Background

Beaver Lake Preserve consists of 76 acres northeast of Beaver Lake Park. The property is split in two by West Beaver Lake Drive SE.

Beaver Lake Preserve was purchased in 2002 through a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant. In 2007, an additional 17 acres of property was purchased from the Kipper family, which was also partially funded by an RCO grant. The Kipper property connects Beaver Lake Preserve to Soaring Eagle Park and was a critical acquisition to ensure connectivity between our natural resources.

The Beaver Lake Preserve Master Plan envisioned the implementation of the design to occur in three phases. Phase I was completed in 2008 and included the first set of trails (approximately 1.35 miles), a ten (10) car gravel parking lot and other amenities such as a trailhead kiosk, a portable restroom with enclosure and park signage.

In the summer of 2012, a new stream bridge was built across a small stream that runs perpendicular to existing trails on the Steve and Rosina Kipper Preserve purchased by the City in 2007 to connect Beaver Lake Preserve to Soaring Eagle Park.


Volunteer

Washington Trails Association will be building trails at Beaver Lake Preserve starting April 5th. For more information and to sign up, please visit the WTA website at www.wta.org.

No experience necessary! Expect to learn how to build and maintain trails, have fun and help complete new trails at the Preserve.

To learn more about all the quirks and perks of trail work visit the WTA's list of Frequently Asked Questions and browse through their Trail Work Guide.

Staff Contact

Shelby Upton, Associate Park Planner, (425) 295-0589