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Debra Smith | dsmith@heraldnet.com
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 11:27 a.m.

Road to popular park likely closed until summer

  • Road closure sign on Olympic Boulevard

    Debra Smith

    Road closure sign on Olympic Boulevard

The main road to Howarth Park will likely remain closed until sometime this summer, as crews deal with a slide above Olympic Boulevard. I've written about this slide and two others here.

The city sent out a release with more information, including a warning that parking in areas not designated for that purpose could lead to tickets.

There's still some parking available at the top of the park, but the road closure cuts off access to the main lot -- which fills up quickly on nice days. Howarth Park is one of the only places for the public to get to the beach in Everett. The city has a solution: visit a park in another city.

The city's release reads in part: "The City of Everett closed the road leading to the lower parking lot in January during heavy snows and winter weather due to landslides in the area. City crews are assessing the slide area and have identified about 80 Alder trees along the hillside that are unstable and need to be removed.

"While Howarth's beach area remains open, visitors must access the beach from the park's upper and middle trails. Unfortunately, about 60 percent of Howarth's parking spots are in the lower area, less than 30 spots in the upper two lots for visitors to one of the city's most popular parks. Park Rangers are also reminding people to refrain from parking in areas that are posted “no-parking” or “tow-away zone.” Drivers who decide to park in no-parking and tow-away zone areas will be ticketed for the violation.

"Park visitors who want to access the beach may want to consider visiting another park such as the City of Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and Community Beach. Parking is limited. Everett Transit and Community Transit both have stops on the Mukilteo waterfront."
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