Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse and Playground Now Open to the Public

Published on December 28, 2020

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KIRKLAND, Wash. – As of December 23, 2020, the new Juanita Beach Park bathhouse and playground are officially open to the public. While a few construction details still need to be completed, the modern-day bathhouse includes summertime restrooms with room to dress, all-season restrooms that are available for park visitors to use, outdoor showers, lifeguarding space, and space for non-motorized boating concessions. An opening celebration is planned for Spring 2021.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the 22-acre park’s many features including 1,000 feet of shoreline, two new picnic pavilions, and a new historical public art installation coming in 2021. The playground’s synthetic turf and play elements are designed to be accessible to people of all abilities.

“Working on this project has been a great joy,” says City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Director Lynn Zwaagstra. “People of all ages and abilities can enjoy the park as it was originally intended: with space to gather, enjoy the views, and have clean, modern, and comfortable facilities.”

The term ‘bathhouse’ pays homage to the history of Juanita Beach Park. The first half of the twentieth century brought vacationers from Seattle to Kirkland, where families would dance to the jukebox in the bathhouse and sun themselves on the shore.

“Juanita Beach Park has a rich history and is one of Kirkland’s most popular parks,” said Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet. “This project has been a wonderful opportunity to preserve that history and improve the park amenities for generations to come.”

Construction began January 2020, by Synergy, Inc., a family-owned construction company in Woodinville. The new bathhouse was designed by Patano Studio Architecture. All improvements are consistent with the parks master plan.

For more information, please visit the project’s webpage. Safety guidelines and information about what park facilities are currently open under the Governor’s Safe Start plan can be found at: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/PlayItSafe.

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