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 development project will construct a 13-acre Riverfront Park, along the west bank of the Yakima River in Benton City, Washington. Land is being acquired with funds from a prior Water Access grant for this new park, which will include an extension of the City’s asphalt walking/bike path, a launch spot for kayaks/canoes/paddleboards, three natural fishing spots, two accessible concrete viewing platforms with dual-level viewer, three picnic tables and grills, a bike rack, restrooms and more than 2000 linear ft of natural compact dirt paths. Vehicle access will be on an 800′ gravel road, with a turnaround for unloading, a 35-space gravel parking lot , 2 asphalt ADA spaces and two trailer parking spaces. This project will provide new and expanded water-level recreation for those who enjoy fishing, non-motorized boating and wildlife viewing in a natural setting.