12 Months of WWRP: Water Access

July 9, 2020

Summer is finally here and as the days grow warmer we will look to cool off in or near Washington lakes, rivers, and beaches while we still #RecreateResponsibly.

This month’s WWRP category is, Water Access. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Our featured project this month is one that is still in progress, Harry Todd Waterfront Improvements in Harry Todd Park, a 17 acre park in Lakewood located on the south side of American Lake, a 1,200 acre freshwater lake in Pierce County. Harry Todd Park is made up of two baseball fields, four basketball courts, a tennis court, two picnic shelters, picnic tables, swimming beach access, and a skate park. The project will improve access to the waterfront by creating ADA accessible pathways from the parking areas to the shoreline, removing and replacing a failing bulkhead increasing aquatic and shoreline habitat by approximately 2,500 square feet, updating access to current docks over the water for fishing, creating areas to launch non-motorized watercraft, and enhancing the swimming beach and open space and picnic areas. The target completion date is 2021.