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 Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to replace the failing retaining walls, seating, and dock in Terry Pettus Park, the largest waterfront park on east Lake Union. The department also will improve the paths connecting the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail and paths to the shoreline and dock for people using wheelchairs. This is the only park in Seattle’s system that will provide free, waterfront access to people with disabilities. Finally, the department will enhance landscaping features to improve lines of sight and safety. The park is popular for walking, biking, and participating in water activities and is a regional spot to launch hand-carried boats. The department also will restore native habitat and make shoreline improvements. The site is in disrepair with a deteriorating dock and corroded seating and retaining walls. Seattle will contribute more than $1.2 million in cash and a grant from RCO’s Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.