The entire day-use area will be closed to the public through at least the end of 2023.
STANWOOD, Wash., June 5, 2023 – The day-use area at Kayak Point Regional Park will be closed to the public starting July 5, 2023, for the Kayak Point Park Day-Use Improvement Project. Construction for Phase 1 of the approximately $20 million renovation project is scheduled to take place through at least December 31, 2023, and will provide additional recreation space, move parking away from the shoreline, improve the boat launch, and make habitat improvements. As part of implementing these changes, park infrastructure (failing water lines and buckling asphalt) will be replaced and the park will be positioned for many more years of enjoyment.
Due to sensitive fish spawning habitat along the more than one mile of shoreline at Kayak Point, the new boat launch construction must occur during the authorized in-water worktime, which falls during peak summer months. “While it is exciting to see this project get off the ground, closing such a beloved park during the summer is tough,” said Tom Teigen, Director of Snohomish County Conservation and Natural Resources. “We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while we work hard to make major improvements to this beautiful park. In the long run, the benefits for the community, wildlife, and the environment will be worth it.”
Benefits of the Project
“This project will provide better recreational access, environmental improvements, and replace aging infrastructure,” said Sharon Swan, Director of the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Division. “The park will continue to be a favorite location to enjoy this beautiful place that we live while being easier to maintain and updated to be an asset for generations to come.”
Safer, Easier Circulation Routes
Environmentally Designed and Longer-Lasting Infrastructure
Added Picnic Shelters and Parking Spaces
Snohomish County Parks has led the extensive design and permitting process with a team of design and environmental experts since 2014. The renovation project is anticipated to cost approximately $20 million and is planned to be completed in multiple phases as funding allows. Grants were awarded for Phase 1 construction from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) including $2 million for the boat launch and upland improvements. Grant funds are currently being sought for Phase 2 construction.
Phase 1 (2023)
Phase 2 Plans (Timing dependent on funding)
The campground will remain open throughout construction with a small walking path to access an approved area of the beach for campers. The day-use area closure includes the road down to the lower park area, the parking lot, beach access, picnic shelters, pier, playground, and restrooms which will all be closed to the public. For questions about Snohomish County Parks annual pass extensions, please visit our annual pass webpage. While the Kayak Point boat launch is closed, alternate boat launches are available in Everett, Marysville, and Camano Island.
There are many ways to stay up to date on the project. You can follow along with regular updates on the project page, sign-up for the monthly e-newsletter, or follow @snocoparks on social media for behind-the-scenes photos throughout the project.
About Snohomish County Parks & Recreation
The Snohomish County Parks system is incredibly diverse and boasts almost 12,000 acres of parks and open space; over 120 park properties; 100s of miles of trails and access to fresh and saltwater shorelines. Major regional park assets such as the Evergreen State Fair Park, Kayak Point County Park, Lord Hill Regional Park, and the Centennial and Interurban Trail systems host local, regional, and national events that draw millions of visitors each year to Snohomish County.
About Snohomish County Conservation and Natural Resources
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management; the Division of Parks and Recreation; the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture. DCNR works in support of thriving communities; a clean and healthy environment to foster environmental stewardship; ensuring food security; supporting a green economy and strengthening communities by providing regional parks and infrastructure; protecting the region's water, air, land, and natural habitats; enhancing agriculture and recreation; and reducing flooding. https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5758.