After being closed since the summer of 2021 to complete renovations, Log Boom Park will reopen to the public on June 30. The renovation project was approved by voters through the 2016 Walkways and Waterways bond measure, which aims to improve waterfront access to Lake Washington while restoring native vegetation.
“We are thrilled to be re-opening the beloved park for everyone to enjoy this summer and for many years to come,” said Mayor Nigel Herbig. “Residents and visitors to Kenmore will have a much-improved experience when they dip their toes in the sand, launch their kayak, or take in a sunset.”
The 3.9-acre park will feature new amenities such as a new sandy beach and lake access area; water access for hand-powered watercraft; a picnic shelter; a boat rental building; public artworks including Jennifer Dixon’s “Flume” sculpture; seating; and an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible concrete promenade path.
WhatsSup Stand Up Paddle and Surf will also be on site this summer for those who are interested in renting hand-powered watercraft, such as paddleboards and kayaks.
“I am especially proud of the planning and care taken to preserve, protect and restore the natural habitat along Kenmore’s shoreline,” said Mayor Herbig.
Environmental enhancements of Log Boom Park include the protection of one-acre of on-site wetlands from public access, removal of invasive plant species, and riparian and upland plantings of native vegetation. The environmental enhancements led to 106 new trees and over 1,000 new shrubs being planted within the site.
“We want to thank the Kenmore community for their support of this project and their patience as we have awaited project completion,” said Maureen Colaizzi, City of Kenmore project manager.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on August 9 at 6 p.m., and the City of Kenmore invites residents to join.
The Log Boom Park Waterfront Access & Viewing Project is one of five projects included in the 2016 Walkways and Waterways bond measure. The City of Kenmore is currently recruiting volunteer groups to adopt-the-park in order to maintain a healthy, clean and accessible park for all.
Onsite parking remains limited, and the city encourages park users to walk, bike, or ride on public transportation to access the park when possible. Additionally, there will not be a 4th of July fireworks show at Log Boom Park this year, however Log Boom Park will act as a viewing location on August 11 as part of the West Sammamish River Bridge opening celebration.