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 Kenmore will use this grant to build a picnic shelter, paths, and beach access points in the 16.4-acre Log Boom Park, along the northern shore of Lake Washington just south of State Route 522 and the regional Burke Gilman Trail. The work will improve public access to the shoreline for wading, launching hand-powered boats, fishing, and nature viewing. The City also will remove invasive plants from the shoreline and wetlands and replant the areas with native plants. Kenmore will contribute $665,917 in a voter-approved levy and potentially a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.