BELLINGHAM - A project to create a natural shoreline at Boulevard Park in Bellingham should be completed by the end of October, a city official said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, crews from P&P Excavating of Bellingham removed contaminated fill as part of the project.
Because the soil contains old construction debris, including concrete and treated wood, it can't be reused elsewhere and will instead be taken to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County.
The work is part of the city of Bellingham's $422,079 project to take out the concrete riprap and return the beach north of The Woods Coffee to a natural state by replacing the rubble with material such as coarse sand, large rocks, cobbles and beach gravel.
The project will reduce erosion, make getting to the beach and water easier and improve near-shore habitat, Bellingham officials have said.
"We're pretty happy with the beach. We raised the grades and gained more uplands by creating the beach at Boulevard so the park is actually a little bit bigger," said Gina Gobo Austin, project engineer with the city Parks and Recreation Department.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of October.
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