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 Mercer Island will use this grant to replace the portion of the dock that serves non-motorized small craft; install overwater stairs, a viewing deck/outdoor classroom and access path; and renovate restrooms in Luther Burbank Park. The City also will expand the cobble beach with a route accessible to people with disabilities, pave the plaza, and add furnishings, landscaping, signs, and art. The primary recreation opporunities provided by this project are water access and non-motorized boating.