Construction equipment overturns at Ballinger Park

The overturned equipment at Ballinger Park. (Photo by Victor Eskenazi)

Updated July 28 with additional details

City of Mountlake Terrace staff responded to a construction incident at the Ballinger Park work site Wednesday morning, after a large piece of construction equipment turned over.

“No injuries were reported, but we’re monitoring the situation for potential environmental impacts,” said City of Mountlake Terrace spokesperson Rikki Fruichantie. A spill response team was ready in case fuel spilled into the creek .

The city reported Friday morning that the equipment was uprighted and no fuel was spilled.

The construction work is part of a fish and wildlife restoration effort at Ballinger Park. The $5.5 million project aims to transform the park into a natural area with wetlands, riparian corridors, natural vegetation, habitat for birds, fish, turtles and amphibians – and hopefully someday to support salmon runs.

A partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Mountlake Terrace, the project includes planting of more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs, redirecting Hall Creek to a new, more-stable channel, and constructing boardwalks, trails and footpaths.

You can read more about the project here.


  1. I love the Lake Ballinger Park area, but haven’t been there since before 2019. Hope to see the area before this
    summer is over. I’m glad no one was injured by the accident reported.

  2. Wanna restore salmon habitat???
    Don’t have a July 3rd fireworks event, with thousands of people attending, and only 10-20 port-a-potties for all those people. I noticed the creek you’re trying to restore was shoulder to shoulder guys peeing in the creek because the lines for the toilets were 30-40 people deep each. Very poor event planning!

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