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 City of Lakewood will use this grant for waterfront improvements at Harry Todd Park, a 17 acre park in Lakewood. The project will improve access to the waterfront by creating ADA accessible pathways from the parking areas to the shoreline, removing and replacing a failing bulkhead, updating access to current docks over the water for fishing, creating areas to launch non-motorized watercraft, and enhancing the swimming beach and open space and picnic areas. The primary outdoor recreation opportunity provided by the project is water access.