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.
Seattle’s proposal is to develop a major public non-motorized boating facility at the Sand Point North Shore Area, which is located in popular Sand Point Magnuson Park. There are currently no other formalized public facilities that support non-motorized boating recreation and access to the northern end of Lake Washington. As a key component of the City’s Sand Point Magnuson Master Reuse Plan, this proposal will improve boating access to Lake Washington, accommodate people with disability, and provide necessary support amenities and facilities. The proposed improvements includes construction of 3 new docks and 3 new ramps, 1 new float, a boat launching beach, on-land boat storage, a waterfront promenade, picnic area, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and development of an aquatic habitat area as a mitigation requirement of the permitting process. The location of the aquatic habitat is sited away from the location of the new docks and ramps and there is adequate buffer between the two amenities to maintain a good balance for park users.