Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
The City of Mountlake Terrace will use this grant to develop and renovate Ballinger Park. The City will renovate the launch for non-motorized boats, plant the shoreline, and build a new fishing pier, restroom, and walkways. The 55-acre Ballinger Park is a critical recreational oasis in a highly urbanized area. Some activities at the park include bird watching, hiking, jogging, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, weddings, and other special events. Mountlake Terrace will contribute $623,400 in cash and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.