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.
This project funded the acquisition of four parcels of land totaling 6.62 acres near Panther Lake, located within the City of Kent. The Matinjussi property is a 5.61 acre parcel that has 450 feet of shoreline on Panther Lake. The remaining three parcels make up the one acre Van Dyke property which has 150 feet of street frontage. The houses on the Van Dyke and Matinjussi properties were demolished.