David Brink Park Shoreline Renovation to Begin in August

Published on July 16, 2021

Councilmembers, Parks folks standing in David Brink Park in front of the water on a grey day

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KIRKLAND, Wash. – Renovation of David Brink Park is set to begin in August and will include shoreline renovations and accessibility improvements. This waterfront park located south of downtown will be closed during the estimated six months of construction. The project features the replacement of failing bulkheads at the north and south ends of the park with softened shorelines and a new accessibility pathway from Lake Washington Boulevard to the water’s edge at the north end of the park. 

Construction south of the pier will create water access at a new pocket beach, replace the concrete steps into the water, and create a new viewing area.  The pier will receive new decking that will benefit juvenile salmon, structural reinforcements, and updated benches. At the northern edge of the park, the project expands the existing beach cove above the high-water mark, so there will be a small beach for enjoyment during summer.  Through City Council advocacy, $500,000 of the $2 million project budget is provided by the State of Washington through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board

“While these renovations are for preservation and accessibility purposes, it also will create a more beautiful park for the whole community to enjoy,” said Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold. “Concrete bulkhead walls will be replaced with direct water access at two beach coves. This project provides an example of an attractive alternative to concrete bulkheads for other waterfront properties in Kirkland and on Lake Washington.”

The sidewalk, bicycle lane, and parking along Lake Washington Boulevard fronting the park will be open throughout construction. Because of regulatory requirements concerning work in the lake itself, construction of this type may occur only between July 16 and March 15 each year, which for construction projects is called the “fish window.”

“The City regrets that this great waterfront park will be closed during the sunniest months of the year, but this is the best period of time to start construction without the risk of inclement weather prolonging the project,” said Director of Parks and Community Services Lynn Zwaagstra.  “However, the improvements we are making will be lasting and will make David Brink Park more accessible and even more enjoyable for years to come.”

For more information about the project, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/davidbrink