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 Bothell will use this grant to buy 3 acres at the north end of Lake Washington for the Wayne Sammamish Riverfront Regional Park. The land is part of the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course, which Bothell, Forterra, King County, and One Bothell are trying to protect for public access to a mile of the Sammamish River. Since 1931, the Wayne Golf Course has been an important privately-held open space in the Sammamish River Valley. Positioned near State Route 522, the Burke-Gilman Trail, the Tolt Pipeline Trail, and the Samammish Riverfront Trail, the land is a scenic view corridor enjoyed every day by travelers and local residents, while also providing a recreational opportunity, a diverse habitat for a variety of wildlife, and a host of water resource functions. This greenway possesses great value to the people of Bothell, King County, and the state of Washington. Bothell will contribute more than $2.2 million in cash, Conservation Futures, and a state grant.