Richey Viewpoint

Seattle, Washington

Richey Viewpoint runs parallel to Beach Drive SW roughly from Alki Point to 63rd Ave. SW, and includes Constellation Park and an area of Marine Reserve at the end of 63rd Ave. SW. There is a hand-carry boat ramp near the foot of the western stairway.

The artwork at Constellation Park and Marine Reserve, like that at Weather Watch Park and Cormorant Cove, was created by Lezlie Jane. A tidepool sculpture features starfish, snails, clams, and an octopus. Flanked by a glass mosaic, a tile interpretive wall-"The Intertidal World"-has text in Spanish and English. Its illustrations of intertidal flora and fauna, by artist Iris Nichols, include species that can be found on local beaches, such as bull kelp, red octopus, periwinkle, purple shore crab, heart cockle, moon snail, sand collar, and beach hopper. Please note also the metal constellation maps inlaid in the Beach Drive sidewalk.

When the tide is out, you can walk from here all the way around Alki Point to Alki Beach Park.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 25th, 2021. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 1st, 2021 at 7:58 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Richey Viewpoint is sampled weekly from May 29th to September 4th.

Source Information

The Washington Department of Ecology BEACH program tests water quality at salt water swimming beaches every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day for enterococcus bacteria. During the sampling period, Puget Soundkeeper regularly updates the Swim Guide to reflect the most current information. The saltwater swimming criteria are in two parts:

The geometric mean* should not exceed 30 enterococci/100 mL, based on results from a minimum of five weekly samples and a maximum of 12 weekly samples. The statistical threshold value* should not exceed 110 enterococci/100 mL, based on results from a minimum of five weekly samples and a maximum of 12 weekly samples. If either of these criteria is exceeded, a beach advisory should be issued at the beach.

To protect swimmers' health, BEACH also uses a Beach Action Value. If enterococcus levels exceed 104 enterococci/100 mL, a beach advisory is issued.

A beach is marked green if it meets all of the above criteria.
A beach is marked red if it exceeds any one of the above criteria.
A beach is marked grey if no current data is available.

Sample results are also shared on the Department of Ecology BEACH program website: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/Tools/BeachClosure.aspx

More information about sampling protocols is available here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/program.html

* The geometric mean and statistical threshold value concentrations are based on the arithmetic average of the three samples collected at a single beach for the day

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Richey Viewpoint

Seattle, Washington

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 25th, 2021. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 1st, 2021 at 7:58 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Richey Viewpoint runs parallel to Beach Drive SW roughly from Alki Point to 63rd Ave. SW, and includes Constellation Park and an area of Marine Reserve at the end of 63rd Ave. SW. There is a hand-carry boat ramp near the foot of the western stairway.

The artwork at Constellation Park and Marine Reserve, like that at Weather Watch Park and Cormorant Cove, was created by Lezlie Jane. A tidepool sculpture features starfish, snails, clams, and an octopus. Flanked by a glass mosaic, a tile interpretive wall-"The Intertidal World"-has text in Spanish and English. Its illustrations of intertidal flora and fauna, by artist Iris Nichols, include species that can be found on local beaches, such as bull kelp, red octopus, periwinkle, purple shore crab, heart cockle, moon snail, sand collar, and beach hopper. Please note also the metal constellation maps inlaid in the Beach Drive sidewalk.

When the tide is out, you can walk from here all the way around Alki Point to Alki Beach Park.

Monitoring Frequency

Richey Viewpoint is sampled weekly from May 29th to September 4th.

Source Information

The Washington Department of Ecology BEACH program tests water quality at salt water swimming beaches every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day for enterococcus bacteria. During the sampling period, Puget Soundkeeper regularly updates the Swim Guide to reflect the most current information. The saltwater swimming criteria are in two parts:

The geometric mean* should not exceed 30 enterococci/100 mL, based on results from a minimum of five weekly samples and a maximum of 12 weekly samples. The statistical threshold value* should not exceed 110 enterococci/100 mL, based on results from a minimum of five weekly samples and a maximum of 12 weekly samples. If either of these criteria is exceeded, a beach advisory should be issued at the beach.

To protect swimmers' health, BEACH also uses a Beach Action Value. If enterococcus levels exceed 104 enterococci/100 mL, a beach advisory is issued.

A beach is marked green if it meets all of the above criteria.
A beach is marked red if it exceeds any one of the above criteria.
A beach is marked grey if no current data is available.

Sample results are also shared on the Department of Ecology BEACH program website: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/Tools/BeachClosure.aspx

More information about sampling protocols is available here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/program.html

* The geometric mean and statistical threshold value concentrations are based on the arithmetic average of the three samples collected at a single beach for the day

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