Luther Burbank Docks - Design Charrette Set for August 6

The City of Mercer Island invites boaters and other waterfront users to observe and participate in a virtual design charrette for the Luther Burbank Park docks on Thursday August 6 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, using teleconferencing technology provided by Zoom. This workshop will discuss how the docks will be rebuilt in a new configuration, with an emphasis on serving small power, sail, and paddle craft. It will also explore ways to make the waterfront more accessible and attractive.

Luther Burbank Park is a very popular waterfront park especially during boating season. The docks at Luther Burbank Park are 46 years old and in need of major repairs. Instead of maintaining the current dock configuration, this project takes direction from the Luther Burbank Park Master Plan, which envisions a lively waterfront activity center focused on small boats. The plan calls for retaining/repairing one pier while replacing the other piers with lower floating docks for better boating access. Creating an accessible waterfront and shoreline for all users is part of the plan. The charrette is an extended interactive workshop that will explore the details of these features. Results from the charrette will be presented to the public for comment in late August.

This work is funded by the City of Mercer Island and a Boating Facilities Program Grant from Washington State. For questions, contact Paul West at 206.275.7833 or email

A Note About Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak live during the public input portions of the design charrette are asked to notify Paul West at 206.275.7833 or email and leave a message before 4 pm on the day of the workshop. Please reference "Luther Burbank Dock" in your correspondence. The moderator will call on you by name or telephone number when it is your turn to speak.

Join by Telephone at 5:00 pm: To listen to the meeting or speak live during public input via telephone, please call 253.215.8782 and enter Webinar ID 980 9512 6334 and Password 020977 when prompted. The moderator will call on you by name or the telephone number you provide when registering to speak. Please note, the phone number you provide must match the number you call in on. For meeting security, unrecognized numbers will not be granted access.

Join by Internet at 5:00 pm: To watch the meeting over the internet or speak live during public input, via your computer microphone, follow these steps:

1) Click this link
2) If the Zoom app is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it.
3) If prompted for Webinar ID, enter 980 9512 6334) Enter Password 020977
4) The moderator will call on you by name or refer to your email address when it is your turn to speak. Please confirm that your audio works prior to participating.

Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted at the Mercer Island Lets Talk Luther Burbank Dock page. Written comments received by 4:00 pm on August 6, 2020, will be read or summarized at the design charrette and become part of the project record on the Let’s Talk site.

For the safety and well being of the public and staff, the City strongly recommends that people attend the meeting by viewing the live feed using Zoom and join by Internet or phone using the link provided above.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those requiring accommodation for Council meetings should notify the City Clerk’s Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 206.275.7793.

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