Newly renovated Wenberg County Park, located at 15430 E. Lake Goodwin Rd., re-opened the waterfront and dock with a ribbon cutting on May 2. The park underwent major renovations to the swim, beach and boat launch areas during 2018 summer and fall months. Wenberg County Park is now even more accessible, beautiful and fun for everyone to recreate and enjoy the outdoors in.
Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism held two public meetings and did extensive site analysis to determine what the park needs and public wishes were. Kevin Teague, Senior Park Planner led the efforts under the direction of SCPRT Director, Tom Teigen.
“We wanted to give this beloved park, boat launch and swim area a much needed face-lift and upgrade its amenities including ADA accessible beach and swim access,” said Teigen. “We passionately and fundamentally believe that the outdoors are for everyone to love, enjoy and have access to.”
SCPRT worked with Bruce Dees and Associates from design through final construction and awarded the nearly $3 million renovation contract to Strider Construction of Bellingham. More than $1.2 million came from State Recreation & Conservation Office grants with the remainder coming from SCPRT capital budget. Construction took approximately one year.
Upgrades and renovations included:
- Creating accessible routes from the parking lot to the docks.
- Three, wheel-chair accessible dock bump outs for fishing over deep water.
- Adding an ADA ramp directly into the lake for swimmers with mobility challenges.
- Disabled parking spots closer to the beach.
- Improved boat launch.
- Floating docks on either side of the boat launch (where people can tie up their boats while they park or retrieve trailers).
- Dock for boat moorage (where overnight campers can tie up their boats or day boaters can tie up while enjoying the park).
- Treating storm water that used to flow into the lake.
- New picnic shelter.
“I am very proud of the work done to upgrade this important open space,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “With more accessibility and cleaner water, a great park has become even better.”
“The ADA swim access was really important to include, although it definitely added to the complexity of the permitting and construction,” Teague explained about the project. “I just couldn’t see getting people all the way to the water and then not making a way for them to get into the lake if they wanted to. I am excited for the possibilities of families with mobility challenges being able to swim and play in the water together.”
“What I love about designing public spaces is that you get to improve and enhance people’s recreational experience,” Teague continued. “You get to think through all of the factors that make up their overall experience.”
Wenberg County Park boasts 45 acres of lush park space with 70 campground sites and 1,140 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Goodwin. Snohomish County took over management of the park in 2009 from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. More information about SCPRT and Wenberg County Park can be found at SnoCoParks.org.