Parks and Rec Commission to Consider 30% Design

At its January 6 meeting, the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Commission will consider the 30% Design of the Luther Burbank Docks and Adjacent Waterfront. The design provides numerous new details about what might be built at the park. The new floating docks have been moved further offshore, the overwater stairs now include a platform landing, and over half the plaza will be covered with permeable pavers. See these details and others in the 30% plan set.

The design is a comprehensive renovation of a fifty year old facility. It is the based on the Concept Design approved by City Council in May 2021. The design team presented a preliminary design to the Luther Burbank Docks Subcommittee in October 2021 and the subcommittee revised the plan over the course of three meetings. The design team also met with the Arts Council and permit agencies to discuss details of particular concern to those entities. A preliminary probable cost estimate puts the total project cost at $4.05 million. It is estimated that about half of that will come from grants and other sources.

The meeting starts at 5:30pm. All are welcome to provide up to 3 minutes of comment on this project to the Parks and Recreation Commission in the Appearances portion of the meeting. Pre-registration for Appearances is required prior to the meeting. Please send an email to before 4pm on the day of the meeting if you wish to speak.

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