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.
Benton City will use this grant to purchase two adjacent parcels of land to create a new Riverfront Park. The land totals 10.89 acres. The project site is located near Seventh Street, along the Yakima River, within the City limits of Benton City. The new park is expected to create public access to 784′ of riverfront for canoe/kayak entry and fishing. The primary recreational opportunities provided will be canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.