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 Chelan Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to renovate Lakeside Park, which provides significant public access to Lake Chelan. Currently, there are conflicts between swimmers and boaters. The City will move the T-dock and add swim platforms, swim float lines, safety equipment, signs, and buoys to make the area safer. The City also will add more parking in the park to reduce the number of visitors who park illegally along the highway. The City will enhance the non-motorized boat launch area, replenish beach sand, create a continuous swim area to increase the park’s functionality and appeal. Finally, the City will replace the restroom with a larger building to accommodate more people, make the sidewalks accessible to people with disabilities, and landscape. Chelan will contribute $444,106.