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 used this grant to redevelop a 12-acre park at South Lake Union by creating pathways and a bridge over the inlet. Work included demolition, landscaping, and other site enhancements. The grant helped enhance the recreation experience and improved shoreline and bulkhead alignment, car circulation, parking, park accessibility, and pedestrian circulation. The redeveloped park features a terraced edge on the shore, a historic ships wharf, look-out points, a model boat pond, and interactive fountains.