Rhododendron Park Waterfront and Natural Open Space Access

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Ann Stanton
Parks Project Manager
(425) 398-8900
 
Current Status:

Current conditions

Construction Phase – September-December 2017

The Rhododendron Park Waterfront Access Project is under construction. Ohno Construction Company was awarded the project with a low bid of $803,749.71 including sales tax.

Thirty-eight steel pilings for the raised “waterwalk” have been installed across the wetland and grading for the path connections has been completed. Water and storm drainage utilities are installed. Paving is scheduled for early October with the installation of the raised walkway afterward. Watch for planting to occur in the first part of October.

In-water work for a new boarding float in the Sammamish River at Rhododendron Park is scheduled to occur after November 15 to comply with Army Corps of Engineers and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife permit conditions. This float plus a replacement float at Squire’s Landing are being constructed under the same contract as the waterwalk although the float work will not utilize bond issue revenues. The three projects were combined into one construction contract to obtain better construction bids since each included pile driving and other similar work in small amounts.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by early December, depending on the weather.

 

 

Background:

This project is part of The Walkways & Waterways approved ballot measure, and the result of the City’s “Imagine Kenmore” public outreach initiative. Kenmore residents confirmed that safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists and connecting residents with the City’s public open space and waterfront are top priorities.

Rhododendron Community Park is located at  6910 NE 170th Street on the Sammamish River in Kenmore. This 12.5-acre park has 600 feet of Sammamish River shoreline and a 2.6-acre wetland separating the main park from the water. The new path will link the river to the park area by an accessible route across the wetland that also connects to the local Metro bus route on 68th Avenue NE. Existing site features include the Kenmore Senior Center, open lawns, walking paths, picnic shelter, large play area, basketball/pickleball court, and restrooms. You can check out pickleball ball supplies at the Senior Center.

The park was named for the many rhododendrons remaining on the property which had been planted by a nationally-recognized rhododendron nursery operating here until King County purchased it for a park in 1965. The park was transferred to Kenmore after Kenmore incorporated in 1998. The park’s spectacular mature rhododendrons can be enjoyed each year in spring and early summer. The park is home to sports camps and the picnic shelter can be reserved for weddings and other gatherings by contacting the Kenmore Senior Center. The popular 68th Avenue boat ramp is located right across 68th Avenue from the park and it shares the park’s access road on the river. Be sure to look up into the many snags near the river to catch sight of ospreys and eagles you will see resting or feeding there.

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Project Description:

This project will improve public access to the Sammamish River through new trails and environmental enhancements. The big blackberry patch alongside the shared boat launch driveway has been cleared. Native plants will be added around the wetland and along the riverfront. A new boarding float on the river will be provided under the same construction contract but funded separately from the Walkways and Waterways bond issue. Key project goals are to improve public access to waterfront and to preserve and enhance ecological functions of existing wetlands and their buffers. 

 

Funding:
                  

Voter-Approved Bond Measure: $795,000

Real Estate Excise Tax and Park Impact Fees: $96,024

Project Budget: $891,024

 
Last updated: Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:15pm