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 Lake Forest Park will use this grant to buy 1.91 acres on the northwest shore of Lake Washington near the city’s center, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the Lyon Creek Waterfront Preserve. The purchase will help the City improve its low ratio of park acres to population while providing public access to the water and walkable park space. The land contains a lawn, about 150 feet of sandy beach, a dock, and the lake. The City will contribute $2.5 million in a local grant.