City of Kenmore makes a splash with Waterfront acquisition

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kenmore's new waterfront park
Photo courtesy City of Kenmore

The City of Kenmore recently purchased 0.65 acres of waterfront property located at 7353 NE 175th Street at the confluence of Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River, near Squires Landing Park in Kenmore.

The newly acquired property will serve a variety of park functions, including a bird and wildlife viewpoint, launching point for hand-powered watercraft, picnic area and connection to Squires Landing Park. The property is immediately available for public use and includes a floating dock and waterfront activities center provided by the Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Club. A dedication event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at 6:00pm at the new property.

In response to the public’s desire for more waterfront access, the City purchased the property for $640,000 plus closing costs in early July. On July 28, following a formal Request for Proposals process, the City Council approved an agreement with the Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Club (KCKC) to provide a waterfront activities center at the newly acquired property.

KCKC will provide public recreational programming and instruction for hand-powered watercraft activities including kayaking, canoeing, dragon boat racing and potentially rowing and standup paddle boarding in the future. While the emphasis will be on youth activities, instruction and classes will be provided for all ages and skill levels including free or deeply discounted classes and memberships for low income youth and families. The property was purchased using Park Impact Fee revenue from the construction of new residential development, and the Park Impact Fee revenue can only be used for park property acquisitions and new park development.

KCKC’s youth team is under the USA Canoe/Kayak umbrella, which is Team USA’s feeder organization for Olympic athletes. As the team grows, team members will have opportunities to race regionally, nationally and internationally. Most of KCKC’s board members are Kenmore residents.

New waterfront park in Kenmore
Photo courtesy City of Kenmore

Fong Ng of the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club is pleased that his organization is included in this partnership. At least one dragon boat will be stored on the new park property, and a Kenmore dragon boat team will be forming in the near future.

“We have a very successful dragon boat program on Lake Union, and we are excited to grow this very fun and social sport by bringing it to Kenmore,” said Ng.

For more information about Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Club or to sign up for the team or classes, email or visit the KCKC website

For more information about being a part of the dragon boat program in Kenmore, call (425) 954-3129 or visit the Dragon boat website.


Anonymous,  August 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM  

Many questions come to mind... what were this property and the buildings on it used for prior to the acquisition, and what entity owned them? What are the boundaries of the new park? Is it "near" Squires Landing Park as it says above, or is it contiguous with it? Where is the entry, and how is it accessed? Does it have a name, or is it considered part of Squires Landing?

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