Barricades are blocking access to much of the pier at Dockton Park. Because of structural damage, only the main portion of the dock is open. (Susan Riemer/Staff Photo)

Barricades are blocking access to much of the pier at Dockton Park. Because of structural damage, only the main portion of the dock is open. (Susan Riemer/Staff Photo)

County closes much of Dockton Park pier

King County has closed much of the pier at Dockton Park because of structural damage.

Last week, a structural engineer determined that the breakwater and finger piers needed to be closed to public use, according to Doug Williams, a spokesman for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The main pier remains open and is accessible from the beach, and boaters can tie up to it for day use only at no cost. The closed areas are currently cordoned off with barricades.

“We knew that we had a lot of investments ahead of us to bring the facility back to better shape, but we were not expecting to find the amount of damage we did see,” Williams said.

The county will determine in the next month whether or not the dock, which was installed in 1986, will open for the summer. Williams said the dock’s concrete panels have significant cracking and flaking. He also noted tripping and pinching hazards from extensive damage to connecting bolts.

Williams attributed some of the damage to this winter, with large tidal swings and an unusual number of freeze/thaw cycles.

— Susan Riemer

More in News

Water district board approves union contract

Commissioners emerged from a closed session and approved deal with waterworks operators

Health care district obtains initial funding from county

Loan of up to $1 million will go to start-up costs, likely funding Neighborcare — for now

Islanders look for hope, climate solutions

Vashon residents take it day by day amid reports that the world isn’t doing enough on climate change.

Vashon Friends to host annual fundraiser

The two-night event at the library is part of the Friends of the Library fundraising efforts.

Detective investigating Agren field vandalism

Vandals drove a vehicle across the new sod at the field last month, causing significant damage.

Dancers wow on a quick visit to Vashon

Members of dance company Whim W’Him held an open rehearsal in VCA’s Kay White Hall.

Students march for civil rights

Harbor School and McMurray Middle School students headed through town during the “Dream March.”

Low tide walk reveals world of marine magic

Annual event led by beach naturalists and the Vashon Nature Center drew 60 islanders last week.

King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov
King County could bump up Metro electrification deadlines

Transportation generates nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

Most Read