Be'er Sheva Park Improvements

Updated: November 16, 2021

Fall 2021

This is community driven project with extensive community input. The group, Rainier Beach Link to Lake, is currently working with the Seattle Parks Foundation at fundraising for the park development. With funding from the Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant, SiteWorkshop helped develop the schematic design through construction documents for the overall project. Seattle Parks and Recreation is supporting the community by managing the bidding, permitting and phased construction. The first phase includes a comfort station mural which was completed in June 2021.
Mural as seen on three sides of comfort station.

Construction documents for the upland phase of work were completed in fall of 2019; the City is currently permuting the permitting; we anticipate the bid award in February/March 2022 and construction should begin in spring 2022 with substantial completion during summer 2022. 

Design of the in-water phase of the project is underway. The design and project construction will be a multi-phased approach. Permitting is currently permuting with the City, County, State and Federal goverments.


Be'er Sheva Park, 8650 55th Ave S, 98118


The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) provided $133,000 for completion of all the construction documents for the upland phase of work and preparing that phase for bidding.
The project committee will continue neighborhood engagement and raise funds for the 1.8-million-dollar project. Please visit Donate to Be'er Sheva Lake Access to contribute through the Seattle Parks Foundation. During the past City budget process $250,000 was raised for the Shoreline Restoration project.


Design Completion: Fall 2019 (upland phase); Fall 2021 (in-water phase)
Construction: TBD - Construction schedule is dependent on fundraising and permitting. Permits are needed for the respective phases of the project to move forward:

  1. Shoreline Substantial Development Permit from SDCI (for the overall project)
  2. Construction Permit(s) from SDCI (for each phase)
  3. Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from Washington State Fish & Wildlife (for the in-water phase)
  4. Approval from the US Army Corp of Engineers (for the in-water phase)

Project Description

Create a design for improvements at Be'er Sheva Park. Improvements to the park's lakeside end of the South Henderson Street corridor include greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations. The Steering Committee hired SiteWorkshop Landscape Architecture to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements.

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued March 8, 2021
Download the DNS document for additional information
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here
View the DRAFT Shoreline Permit Application Figures document here

Download the meetings information post card and map here

Schematic Design Report - July 2018

Public Meeting #1  3/3/2018

Public Meeting #2  4/21/2018

Public Meeting #3  6/2/2018

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