Doris Cooper Houghton Beach Park


Doris Cooper Houghton Beach Park is a waterfront community park featuring a playground, picnic areas, sand volleyball court, and seasonal swimming area.

Restrooms are open seasonally from March through October.

There is a small parking lot with 25 spaces including accessible parking.

Park Donations

Donating funds to a park is a wonderful way to show appreciation for Kirkland, to honor someone special, or to commemorate a milestone. Park benches and tables are the most popular items to donate, however other donations are possible as well, like those for trees or landscape, for general park maintenance, towards public art or other site amenities (i.e. water fountains), and even towards the tools and equipment needed to keep Kirkland’s parks beautiful.

Learn more about park donations

Park History

This park is named after Doris Cooper, Kirkland's first woman mayor, who helped lead the effort to preserve the city's waterfront parks. In 1969 Doris Cooper, Judy Frolich, and Delores Teutsch organized a telegram campaign to U.S. congressman Tom Pelly to obtain federal funding to purchase Houghton Beach Park land from the Shell and Standard Oil companies. The successful campaign brought federal grant funding to purchase, design and develop Kirkland's beloved Houghton Beach park.

In 1973 Doris Cooper was elected to the Kirkland City Council and successfully elected to 5 terms on the Council before retiring at the end of her term in 1993. She was the city’s first woman mayor in 1984, a position she held for three consecutive two-year terms. During her time on the Council Doris Cooper was also named the Seattle-King County Municipal League’s Outstanding Public Official in1987 (the Oscars of local government service) and was President of the Suburban Cities Association.

Houghton Beach Park was renamed Doris Cooper Houghton Beach Park in July 2012.

Picnic Area Rental

Houghton Beach Park has a picnic area available for rent. It includes two uncovered picnic tables. When the picnic area is not being rented, it is available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are additional picnic tables throughout the park that are not part of the picnic area. They are available for first-come, first-serve use.

Learn more about renting the picnic area at Houghton Beach Park

Public Art

Houghton Beach features three public art pieces including:

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First Romance by Prince Monyo Mihailescu-Nasturel

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Spring by Peter Skinner

Winter Sculpture at Houghton Beach Park

Winter by Peter Skinner

Waterfront Access and Lifeguarded Swimming Beach

Houghton Beach has a shallow swimming area for smaller children. It also has a deep water swimming area where diving off the dock is allowed. You can launch your personal watercraft (kayak, paddleboard, etc.) from the park.

The swimming beach has lifeguards on duty during the summer, typically from July through Labor Day in September.

Learn more about lifeguarded beaches in Kirkland

Photos of Houghton Beach Park


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