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 Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use grant to replace the main dock with a larger dock with two floats at Green Lake Small Craft Center, renovate two restrooms and add two restrooms with showers. The current facilities cannot keep up with demand for public water access. Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most popular parks, and its water recreation draws users from all over Seattle. The center’s three wood floating docks vary in age from 25 to 35 years old. The new floating launch piers will reduce maintenance, improve safety, and expand boat launching access and access to people with disabilities. The City will renovate the center further by updating the heavily used shell house restrooms and creating two new restrooms with showers at the new boathouse. This is part of a larger project to redevelop the center that includes building a two-story boathouse. Seattle will contribute $520,000 in a local grant and donations of cash.