The City of Kirkland is in the final design stages for a project that will replace the Juanita Beach Bathhouse and a pair of picnic pavilions. The two pavilions will be placed in areas near the beach that allow for unobstructed lake views. Click on the above image to see a map of the proposed layout.
Visitors to Juanita Beach Park this summer will have two picnic pavilions from which to choose, thanks to a project that is building the pavilions as well as replacing the existing bathhouse. The new bathhouse will accommodate 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.
Community volunteers are raising money to replace the existing play area.
Project engineers expect construction on the bathhouse and pavilions to begin by the end of 2018.
The existing building was built in approximately 1965 and provides restroom, dressing room, maintenance, storage, lifeguard, and concession spaces. The park master plan calls for the existing facility to be removed and a new bathhouse constructed nearby. In addition to the new bathhouse building, the program for this project will include relocation and replacement of the park’s existing children’s playground and a new group picnic shelter.
The park’s master plan provides the following 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 City has hired the design firm of Patano Studio Architecture to lead the planning and design effort.
- July 2018: Design is complete
- September 2018 - June 2019: Construction window
The project is funded in the amount of $1.2 million by the voter-approved 2012 Kirkland Parks Levy.