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 project will provide water access and public use of the shoreline on Ruston Way. Dickman Mill is a former industrial site. The existing shoreline trail will be widened to 15 feet and a new viewpoint overwater trail will be constructed along the water’s edge. The new trail will provide access to the sandy beach. A large irrigated grass area will provide for passive opportunities such as sunbathing and picnicking and active opportunities like volleyball, frisbee and other games. There is an existing saltwater wetland on the site that will be relocated and recreated as a tidal estuary, typical of the shoreline prior to the 1850’s. Interpretive signs will be located adjacent to the wetlands and trail areas. A special interpretive display of an old headsaw will also be included. A ramp for a hand carry boat launch access or Washington Water Water trail pull out will also be available.