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 Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to renovate and develop Kayak Point Park on the eastern shore of the Salish Sea, near Stanwood. The County will renovate the park’s day-use area by moving parking and roads off the shoreline, building a soft-shore berm with native plants, and raising the entire site for long-term sea level rise resiliency. The County also will renovate the fishing pier. The County will contribute more than $2.7 million in cash and a grant from RCO’s Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.