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.
Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation will use this grant to develop saltwater beach access at Meadowdale Beach Park, at the north end of Brown’s Bay on Puget Sound. The County will build a 128-foot-long railroad bridge, a 9-foot-wide path under the south bridge abutment, and a viewing platform on the beach. The goal of this project is to improve access to beach and address safety concerns. Currently, people determined to get to the beach illegally cross the heavily traveled railroad line. Snohomish County will contribute more than $8.1 million in cash, a federal grant, a grant from the state Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, a grant from the salmon recovery program, and a state grant.