City Applies for Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant
The City of Mercer Island has applied for federal grant funding through the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program to renovate the northern pier at the Luther Burbank Park waterfront. The 46 year old pier needs major structural repairs to remain functional. The project would also add moorage features to improve access for boaters.
The grant program is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service which evaluates the applications on a nationwide basis. If a grant is awarded, it would fund 75% of the design and construction costs. The renovation would likely take place in 2023 or 2024 because of long lead times for permits and coordination with other phases of the overall dock project.
This project has support from Friends of Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island Community Fund, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and the Recreational Boating Association of Washington.