Click on the above image to view four perspectives of the Juanita Beach bathhouse and pavilion project. The City of Kirkland completed design in October on this project, which will replace Juanita Beach Park's bathhouse and build a pair of new picnic pavilions. The project will also replace the existing playground with one that is accessible to all ability. The two pavilions will be placed in areas near the beach that allow for unobstructed lake views.
Visitors will soon have a new bathhouse, two picnic pavilions, and a new accessible-to-all-abilities playground to enjoy at Juanita Beach Park.The new bathhouse will be oriented to provide westward views of Lake Washington from the park. Its restrooms will be open year-round. It will also offer expanded space for concessions and lifeguards.
Project engineers anticipate construction to begin in January and to be complete by late August.
The playground will be centered between the bathhouse and the new picnic pavilions and will provide easy access to the playground, as well as open views of the beach and lake.
The new playground's accessible synthetic turf and its all-abilities play elements will be accessible to people of all abilities.
This project was conceptualized for Juanita Beach in 2006 during the park master plan process in which community members, stakeholders, and City leadership articulated a vision to remove the existing facility and to build a new bathhouse nearby.
In addition to the new bathhouse building. The project will also relocate and replace the existing children’s playground and provide a two new group picnic pavilions, both elements which were originally set forth in the master plan.
The park’s master plan provided the guidance on the architectural character for park structures at Juanita Beach: “Buildings are developed with a craftsmen style architectural character that strongly ties to the parks natural landscape, open lawn character and the historic recreational use of the site. The buildings are sited at the edges of the lawn and plaza areas to assist in defining the spaces. The building scale and locations complements and reinforces the landscape character and provide focal points for park visitors. Buildings are tucked into gentle landforms or vegetation edges.”
The new bathhouse was designed by Patano Studio Architecture, the architecture firm retained by the City who was selected for their experience in similar projects and their ability to fulfill the vision of the community created park master plan.
The terminology “bathhouse” is an homage to a portion of the history of Juanita Beach Park, to a time where the land of the current park was a summer retreat and vacation destination for Seattle families.
The bathhouse of that time included dressing rooms and showers on the lower level and dance floor and table area upstairs.
A jukebox provided music for dancing. Kirkland’s modern-day bathhouse will include year-around bathrooms, summertime bathrooms with space for dressing, outdoor showers, lifeguarding space, and space for non-motorized boating concessions.
- October 2019: Design complete
- January - August 2020: Construction window
Question: What will I see on the construction site?
Answer: The western portion of the park will be protected with construction fencing. The public will still have access to the trails, paths, and volleyball courts. There may be very short, intermittent closures which will be communicated to the public as soon as feasible via the City’s social media channels, weekly newsletter, and the City website .
Question: Will I still be able to access the beach?
Answer: Yes! You will be able to access the beach for the entirety of the project.
Question: When will the construction start and complete?
Answer: Construction will start in January and be completed during the summer.
Question: What will be in the “Bathhouse”?
Answer: Kirkland’s modern-day bathhouse will include heated year-around restrooms, summertime restrooms with space for dressing, outdoor showers, lifeguarding space, and space for non-motorized boating concessions. The terminology “bathhouse” is an homage to a portion of the history of Juanita Beach Park, to a time where the land of the current park was a summer retreat and vacation destination for Seattle families. The bathhouse of that time included dressing rooms and showers on the lower level and a dance floor and table area upstairs. A jukebox provided music for dancing.
Question: What’s happening to the existing playground equipment? It seems pretty new. Tell me more about the all-inclusive playground concept.
Answer: A new playground will be installed as part of this project. The playground was designed to be both ADA accessible and all-inclusive. An inclusive playground is a playground that allows children of all ages and abilities to play together. It’s wheelchair accessible and helps to develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills. Inclusive playgrounds provide a platform for social equity and allows entire families of all ages to enjoy time together. The existing playground equipment will be relocated to Windsor Vista Park.
Question: How much noise will there be?
Answer: Noise should be expected throughout construction, although the contractor is required to work during permitted hours only, just like any construction project in the City. Construction is restricted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. No construction on Sundays or observed holidays.
Question: Will I be able to access the promenade?
Answer: Yes. There may be very short, intermittent closures which will be communicated to the public as soon as feasible via the City’s social media channels, weekly newsletter, and the City website .
Question: Will I be able to access the volleyball courts?
Answer: Yes, no closures to this area are anticipated and access should always be available.
Question: How will parking be impacted?
Answer: The far western portion of the parking lot will be closed to the public for the duration of the construction. The remaining parking lot to the east will be open to the public.
Question: Will there still be a Friday Market?
Answer: The Juanita Friday Market will be held across the street (Northeast Juanita Drive) at the northern portion of the Park.
Question: I have my kids in summer camps and other programs at the beach. How will this be impacted? Juanita Beach Park is a very large park with open space on both sides of Juanita Drive.
Answer: Summer camps and beach scheduled programs will not be impacted by the construction. All recreation activities will held in safe non-construction areas. Quality of programs will remain high with great opportunities to be enjoyed.
Question: Will there still be kid’s concerts this summer?
Answer: Kids’ concerts will proceed as planned.
Question: What is the budget for this project?
Answer: The anticipated construction cost is $2.75 million.
Question: How will I be able to rent a pavilion?
Answer: The City of Kirkland is thrilled to have Juanita Beach’s new picnic pavilions available to the public for rent! To rent, begin by reviewing the rental guidelines here Picnic Shelter and Picnic Area Rental Guidelines. To make a reservation, visit www.KirklandParks.net. The pavilions will be available to rent once project construction is completed.