Viewpoint Platform Being Reconstructed at Snoqualmie Falls Park

Final Upgrade for Upper Park; Work Continues Elsewhere as Part of Major Redevelopment

BELLEVUE, Wash. (March 28, 2012) – One of the three scenic viewpoints at Puget Sound Energy’s upper Snoqualmie Falls Park is about to receive a new deck surface, prompting an eight-week closure of the viewing area starting Monday, April 2.

PSE contractors expect to complete the decking project by Memorial Day weekend. The park and its two other observation areas for viewing Snoqualmie Falls will remain open to the public during the construction.

The upcoming platform work is the last in a series of improvements the utility has made at upper Snoqualmie Falls Park over the past two years. Previous enhancements included new park landscaping, new walkways and commons areas, new railings along the park’s cliffside rim, new lighting, and installation of educational signage throughout the two-acre upper park. The viewpoint that is being rebuilt also will feature new interpretive signage.

Meanwhile, work continues elsewhere at the falls as part of PSE’s major redevelopment of the 113-year-old Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project. Among other things, PSE is upgrading the historic facility’s two power plants with new or refurbished turbine generators, and new penstocks and water-intake systems. PSE also is renovating the project’s old Train Depot and Carpenter Shop, upstream from Snoqualmie Falls, to showcase artifacts and historical photos of the power-generating facility. In addition, a number of new visitor amenities and park improvements are being made in the lower, riverside portion of Snoqualmie Falls Park, and new hiking trails are being built for connecting the park’s upper and lower sections.

The entire redevelopment project is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

Visit PSE.com/SnoFalls for more information on the utility’s redevelopment of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project.

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