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Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Seattle’s proposal will develop the former Kurtzer property, which the city acquired in 1993 with the assistance of an IAC Grant awarded in 1991, into a major waterfront park. Development of this 1.2-acre site will provide direct public access to Lake Union and opportunities for water recreation activities, including passive viewing, canoeing and small non-motorized boating. The new design will improve the loading dock, pedestrian path and walkway along the waterfront, open space, and landscaping. The park is an important phase of the overall South Lake Union Masterplan, an 11 acre regional park that will be a compliment to the Maritime Heritage Center, which preserves and displays boat/water related history of the region. The park provides outdoor spaces for large community gatherings as well as waterfront access for workers, visitors, and residents of the South Lake Union Park neighborhood.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Seattle City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $190,042.00 Applicant Match: $500,000.00 Project Type: Development County: King Legislative District: 48 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1208

Location Details

The park is located at the South end of Lake Union at 860 Terry Avenue North in Seattle. From I-5, take the Mercer Street exit (#167), go southwest for .5 miles, turn right on Fairview Avenue N. and go north 500 feet. Turn left on Valley street, staying in the rightmost lane and go west two blocks (600 yeards). After passing the Center for Wooden Boats on the right, turn right into the park on Terry Avenue North.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.