Squire’s Landing Waterfront & Natural Area Access

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kenmore City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $ 1,700,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 1,714,891.00 Project Type: Development County: King Legislative District: 46 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1536

Location Details

From State Road 522, turn south onto 73rd Avenue NE, turn east onto NE 175th Street, turn south into shared access easement /driveway of 7345 and 7353 NE 175TH ST and park in the gravel parking lot. You can enter the larger park parcel east of the lagoon from NE 175th Street at a earthen pathway entrance just to the east of the shared driveway.

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.