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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 used this grant to develop water access to reach the Sammamish River and Lake Washington, as well as to improve associated aquatic lands. The scope of work included development of a public hand-powered water craft facility with staging areas, float and hand carry launches, a community plaza, picnic shelter, restroom, parking lot, trails, and elevated walkways with bridges and river viewing platforms. The scope of work also included enhancement and improvement of wetlands and buffer vegetation for migratory birds and other wildlife habitat, Riparian Protection for fish and salmon species, as well as created new wetlands to add to the existing wetland system along Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River. The primary recreation and conservation opportunities that this project provides is improved public access to the waters of the Sammamish River and Lake Washington for hand-powered boating, fishing, nature viewing, and aquatic habitat enhancement.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Kenmore City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $200,000.00 Applicant Match: $2,714,891.00 Project Type: Development & Restoration County: King Legislative District: 1 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-1535

Location Details

From State Road 522, turn south onto 73rd Avenue NE, turn east onto NE 175th Street, turn south into paved parking lot at 7515 NE 175th Street with a secondary entrance into a gravel parking lot south of shared access easement / driveway into 7353 NE 175TH ST.

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.