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.
Spokane County citizens have identified the need for more water access parks as a very high priority. Public ownership of waterfront properties becomes increasingly difficult as Spokane County continues to grow. The project site meets this public need by providing over 1/2 mile of water access along the Spokane River. Development of the site will offer a variety of recreation opportunities including fishing from the shoreline, tubes or driftboats, with accesses for canoeing, kayaking, possible swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and other passive recreation uses. This project is located in the Spokane Valley and includes acquisition of 2 water access properties totaling 30.98 acres. (Parcel A is 28.48 acres and Parcel B is 2.5 acres which are separated by less than 1/4 mile.) The site will serve as a destination point for users of the Spokane River Centennial Trail bordering the property to the south. The water accesses and park improvements will be designed for ADA and youth opportunities which are not currently available in the area. This project will be developed with combinations of irrigated turf areas, shelters, restrooms, paved parking, natural areas and connecting ADA pathways. The site will attract users from all of Washington as a premier passive water access/recreation park.