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, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the new property.
“We have heard loud and clear from our citizens that accessibility to the water should be a top priority,” said Mayor David Baker. “This is a win-win partnership for all involved and we are thrilled to be delivering this beautiful waterfront property for the public’s benefit.”
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. Under an agreement with the city, the Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Club (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.
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 being a part of the dragon boat program in Kenmore, call (425) 954-3129 or visit the dragon boat website at www.seattleflyingdragons.org.