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August 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

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Having a splash at new Seahurst Park


ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Friends Jacob Gentry, 11, right, and Josue Ostos, 7, both of Seattle, play at Ed Munro Seahurst Park in Burien. The park reopened Monday after 1,800 feet of shoreline concrete in the northern section of the park was removed. The park was closed last October for the demolition. The seawall in the park was taken out to restore the beach habitat to help endangered salmon. Natural habitat for forage fish and salmon rearing now replace the seawall. The improved habitat will help the recovery of species such as bull trout, steelhead and chinook. Barges were brought in to export material from the seawall's demolition, and 17,000 plants were added. A new picnic area was installed, and a new playground and shelter were added. Bald eagles, osprey, great blue heron and other shorebirds are showing up at the park because of schools of fish that are now along the shallows. The park has nearly a mile of natural beach.

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