Phase 1 Park Improvements
The City of Kirkland completed its first phase of implementing the Juanita Beach Park Master Plan in September of 2011. Phase I was funded in part by the King County Flood Control District's Opportunity Fund ($100 k) and the Washington Wildlife Recreation and Parks Fund ($1 mil).
Phase 2 Project Scope
Phase 2 includes replacing the bathhouse, construction of a new group picnic pavilion and the relocation of the park's existing playground. Phase 2 is anticipated to be under construction in 2019.
Environmental enhancements include the renovation of Juanita Creek, creation of new wetlands and marshes, and formation of re-graded lawn areas with improved drainage and irrigation systems. New walking paths, including an accessible beachfront promenade extending the length of the waterfront have been installed. A new parking lot with associated lighting, landscaping and improved low-impact development pollution and storm water controls have been constructed. Other improvements include a new open-air amphitheater for small community events, new site furnishings including benches and picnic tables, and extensive new native landscaping.
Juanita Beach Master Plan
The renovation project has been the City's initial implementation of the Juanita Beach Master Plan. The Plan was formally adopted in 2005 following an extensive public participation process. The $2.8 million Phase 1 project was funded in part by the 2002 Kirkland Park Bond and Levy approved by Kirkland residents. Additional funding was provided from the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office ($1 mil) and a grant from the King County Flood Control District ($100 k). Phase 2 is funded through the 2012 Levy and Real Estate Excise Tax (REET).
History of Juanita Beach Park
Juanita Beach Park began nearly 100 years ago as a popular, privately-owned destination beach resort for Seattle-area families. It was purchased as a regional park by King County in 1956. The Park continued to be a popular attraction for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and sports activities well into the early 1990's, when the County's lack of resources for on-going maintenance and park improvements led to the park's decline. In 2002 the City of Kirkland agreed to assume ownership, and a voter-approved maintenance levy dedicated new funds for improved park stewardship.