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.
The City of Kenmore will use this grant to develop a staging area for people launching hand-powered boats, including float and hand-carry launches, a community plaza, a picnic shelter, a restroom, a parking lot, trails, elevated walkways with bridges, and river viewing platforms in the 42-acre Squire’s Landing Park. The City also will improve wildlife habitat and create wetlands to add to the wetland system along Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River. This development will improve public access to the Sammamish River and Lake Washington. Kenmore will contribute more than $1.7 million in a local grant, a voter-approved levy, and potentially a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.