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 Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District will use this grant to acquire about 12.5 acres of wildlife habitat to protect rare tidelands and estuary, and to develop public access and parking. A second phase is planned to include trails, interpretive signs, restroom and boat launch amenities. The primary recreational opportunities provided by this project are passive recreation and non-motorized boating.