North Cove Park. (City of Lake Stevens)

North Cove Park. (City of Lake Stevens)

Unsafe dock to be removed at North Cove Park

Work at the Lake Stevens park is about halfway done. Another dock there was recently renovated.

LAKE STEVENS — North Cove Park construction is inching closer to completion.

Work on the four-acre waterfront property along Main Street is part of the Lake Stevens downtown revitalization plan.

By the end of September, the city plans to remove a rundown dock from the north end of the park. It’s no longer safe to use.

It’ll probably take a few days to get rid of, and no closures are scheduled, said Russ Wright, the city’s community development director.

The dock is on a piece of land the city bought earlier this year.

“It just hasn’t been maintained in a number of years,” Wright said. “Now that the city has purchased the property, we don’t want that unsafe dock for people to go out on.”

For now the pier is closed off, but park visitors have other options. Another dock there was recently renovated.

The dock removal must go through an environmental review because it’s in the water. Because of that, a public comment period is open until 5 p.m. Thursday.

Upgrades at the park are nearly halfway finished.

“Construction teams out there right now are building the new pavilion, which will be a large community gathering space,” Wright said.

The park has been open during construction, but some areas are restricted.

Plans to expand North Cove Park have been in the works for years, with a goal to make the lake more accessible from downtown.

City Hall and the Lake Stevens Historical Museum are close to the park, and Jay’s Market is across the street.

About 30,000 people came to town in July for the 59th annual Aquafest.

Much of the fair takes place by the park, where visitors can sit in the grass and listen to live music or have a bite to eat.

This year, crowds were greeted by a bigger lawn and a brand-new stage.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter:@stephrdavey.

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