Save the Beach Update

November 4th – King County Superior Court

Guest Contributor – Dave Pope

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The King County Superior Court has scheduled a trial on April 10, 2017 to determine a fair price to pay for the property, but first the court will hear oral argument to determine whether the eminent domain proceedings are “for public use” and “necessary”. This is a critical hearing which will be heard by Judge Doyle in King County Superior Court on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 10:00am. Please consider attending to show your support.

In 1932, the Lake City community established a public beach (Lake City Beach) at the street-end of NE 130th and Riviera Place NE to give the neighborhood children a place to swim. For 82 years this small community beach served as the only public access to Lake Washington in the area, until the adjacent neighbors successfully sued Seattle for ownership 3 years ago by exploiting an inadvertent procedural error made in 1932.

Recognizing the need for public access to Lake Washington, the Seattle City Council members and the Mayor unanimously passed legislation last summer authorizing the purchase, by negotiation or eminent domain, to reacquire this beach for public use. After 11 months of unsuccessful negotiations with the adjacent neighbors, the City has recently initiated eminent domain proceedings to regain ownership of the beach.

More information can be found on the Facebook group “Friends of NE 130th Beach” or by contacting me at davepope@comcast.net. Thanks for your support!