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New Design for Juanita Beach Park to Create Accessible Playground

Media Contact:
Kellie Stickney
Communications Program Manager
kstickney@kirklandwa.gov
(425) 979-6562

The project also establishes two new picnic pavilions and a new bathhouse

Kirkland, Wash. – Visitors to Juanita Beach Park will have a new bathhouse, two new picnic pavilions from which to choose and new playground equipment – inclusive of abilities – by spring 2020, thanks to a construction project that begins fall 2019.

The bathhouse’s new location will maximize westward views of Lake Washington from the park. The new building, itself, will offer space for concessions, lifeguarding equipment and management. Its restrooms will be open year-round. 

One of the project’s major achievements is that it enhances protection of Juanita Creek and the 1.2-acre wetlands that surround it. 

“This project offers improved amenities for the community while also protecting the natural environment,” said Parks and Community Services Director Lynn Zwaagstra. 

To improve and expand the buffer protecting Juanita Creek and its wetlands, the project will relocate the north-to-south trail slightly to the east of and adjacent to the new bathhouse. It will also establish low-lying native vegetation, such as vine maple, sword fern and salal. 

The City of Kirkland designed the new playground to be inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities. The surface, for example, will be a stable, synthetic play grass with play equipment specifically designed to include those with physical and cognitive disabilities. 

“The City is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation,” Zwaagstra said. “We are currently working on developing a formal inclusion policy for all parks.”

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