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 Tacoma Metropolitan Park District will use this grant to buy .22 acres, the last remaining privately owned waterfront property in Wapato Park. For the past 22 years, the park district has worked to purchase privately owned properties within the park. At 34 acres, Wapato Lake is the largest lake within the city. This property provides the public with the missing 45-foot link along the shoreline that will enable the district to complete a multi-purpose trail system around the lake and provide additional access for fishing, paddleboats, and model boat racing.