Harry Todd Waterfront Improvements Phase II

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The City of Lakewood will use this grant to improve the 17-acre Harry Todd Park, on the south side of American Lake, in Pierce County. The City will build a fishing pier to improve access to the lake and to create the only public fishing dock on the 1,200-acre freshwater lake. The City also will replace finger pier docks to support rowing shells and other human-powered vessels, replace a restroom, connect to the sewer system, and build new pathways from parking areas to open areas and picnic areas. This park is in the Tillicum neighborhood, a geographically isolated and extremely low-income area. This is the only community park in the area and the only park that provides free access to the waterfront. Lakewood will contribute $650,000 in cash and potentially a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Lakewood City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $ 626,718.00 Applicant Match: $ 650,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 28 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1759

Location Details

From I-5 take the Murray Road SW exit, (Exit #123), and head west on North Thorne Lane. Turn left onto Woodlawn Street SW and proceed 900' to the park entrance on the right.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.