Crews have removed the fencing closer to the water’s edge at Madison Park’s North Beach but are still working on landscaping. photo/Richard Carl Lehman
Crews have removed the fencing closer to the water’s edge at Madison Park’s North Beach but are still working on landscaping. photo/Richard Carl Lehman

After working with a group of Madison Park residents, Seattle Parks and Recreation has moved ahead with the removal of the fencing at Madison Park North Beach, 2300 43rd Ave. E., and the landscaping of the site.

The work will be complete by late June.

The issue arose in late 2011, when a resident recommended that the fence be removed to improve public access to the Lake Washington shoreline. 

After a staff analysis and a public hearing and discussion, the Park Board recommended the fence be removed, and Parks Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams concurred with their recommendation. 

The parks department created a working group of supporters and opponents of the removal to develop an implementation plan for removing the fence.