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 Washougal used this grant to renovate the boat launch on the Washougal River at Hathaway Park. The launch is used for non-motorized boats as a put-in and take-out site, primarily for drift boats. The city constructed a pathway that allows access to the beach, following as closely to ADA requirements as allowed by spacial constraints, regulations by agencies governing the Washougal River, and the impacts of the river itself. The city also rebuilt the small parking area that accommodates an ADA accessible vehicle.