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Chambers Creek dog park, beach reopen Friday

The off-leash dog park and access to the beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park will open Friday (Sept. 18). The Central and North meadows will remain closed until 2016.
The off-leash dog park and access to the beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park will open Friday (Sept. 18). The Central and North meadows will remain closed until 2016. Staff photographer

The off-leash dog park and access to the beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park will open Friday (Sept. 18).

“The public should notice a nice pristine beach,” said Tony Tipton, Pierce County Parks and Recreation director.

Close to 800 creosote piles and two dilapidated docks were removed from the water and beach area. Removal work began last fall but was completed during the park’s extended closure after the U.S. Open golf championship June 15-21 at the county-owned park and golf course.

The piles and cement structures removed from the waterfront were left over from the site’s former operation as a gravel mine.

The dog park and beach access, including the Bridge to the Beach, are the last amenities scheduled to reopen this year at the park.

The grass areas of Central and North meadows will remain off-limits to the public into next year while the USGA restores the grass. Those areas endured heavy foot traffic during the weeklong tournament and were the locations for the main pavilion and hospitality tents.

North Meadow is being reseeded this week, according to Tipton. Work just began on the irrigation system at Central Meadow, he said.

Other areas of the park that opened previously include the Soundview, Grandview and East Slope trails, the Central and North meadow restrooms, the Playground by the Sound and the ball fields at the Environmental Services Building.

The North Meadow parking lot remains closed while it is expanded. It will reopen once the work is complete, possibly at the start of November.

For more information, go to piercecountywa.org/parks.

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