Money became available for various capital improvement projects at Discovery Park as a result of the 1991 West Point Settlement Agreement between King County and several community organizations.
In May 2002, the King County executive convened a West Point Citizens Advisory Committee (WPCAC) and appointed King County Council Member Larry Phillips as Committee Chair. The Executive also appointed nominees from 6 community organizations to serve on the WPCAC.
The WPCAC prepared a report, with recommendations for improvements to Discovery Park under the terms of the West Point Settlement Agreement. They selected projects that satisfy the primary function and central purpose for Discovery Park as stated in The Master Plan. (This Recommended Project List is included as an attachment to the MOA below.)
Under the Settlement Agreement, King County transmitted $5.3 million to the City of Seattle. This money plus all interest is held in a sub-fund specifically for Discovery Park.
The expenditure of that $5.3 million plus interest, is now reviewed quarterly by a Citizens Oversight Committee made up of 1 representative from each of 7 specific organizations (see MOA below) including Friends of Discovery Park. We most recently met in October 2013, and will be meeting again in April 2014.
Updates on the specific projects funded by the WP Settlement monies, can be found on the following Park Department web pages:
Project in the "establishment" phase
See additional information on our CAPEHART page.
Project is still underway.
Parks Department contacts:Project Manager: Andy.Sheffer@seattle.gov
Overview of the West Point Treatment Plant Legal Fight:
Legal Documents that govern the West Point Settlement Fund:
North Parking Lot
Construction is underway 9/5/13
New waterfall into northern ravine
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