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 abilities.The new playground will include a new swing set. 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—that includes a swing set—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