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.
Kent will use this grant to develop a 15-acre waterfront park with a car-top boat launch, accessible fishing areas, picnic tables, a restroom, a picnic shelter, a 75-stall parking lot, and trails. The grant also will restore Riparian Protection and side-channel salmon habitat. Kent has identified a need for public access to the Green River, which flows on the south and west sides of the park. The project will double the recreation opportunities for boat launching, accessible fishing, and bank fishing.