Luther Burbank Docks - Reconfiguration and Repairs

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The City's Public Works Department has begun planning for the future of the docks at the Luther Burbank waterfront. Built in 1974, the docks have less than 5 years of useful service remaining. In addition, the fixed height piers are not useful for smaller boats and don't serve the needs of most current boaters or the City's boating programs.

The City is developing a design to replace the south pier with floating docks while repairing the remaining pier, pending possible state and federal grant funding. This work will use the Luther Burbank Park Master Plan to guide the design process. The plan provides a vision of a waterfront activity center centered around small boats including power, sail and paddlecraft. The design will also consider how to make the waterfront more accessible and attractive for the general public.

The City's Public Works Department has begun planning for the future of the docks at the Luther Burbank waterfront. Built in 1974, the docks have less than 5 years of useful service remaining. In addition, the fixed height piers are not useful for smaller boats and don't serve the needs of most current boaters or the City's boating programs.

The City is developing a design to replace the south pier with floating docks while repairing the remaining pier, pending possible state and federal grant funding. This work will use the Luther Burbank Park Master Plan to guide the design process. The plan provides a vision of a waterfront activity center centered around small boats including power, sail and paddlecraft. The design will also consider how to make the waterfront more accessible and attractive for the general public.

  • WA Boating Facilities Grant Awarded

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    The City was awarded a $173,000 grant from Washington State's Boating Facilities Program to support a new floating dock to replace some of the fixed piers that currently exist. This will make the dock more usable for small boats and reduce the impact it has on lake habitat. Since the dock needs major repairs, this is a good time to look at this opportunity for needed improvements.

    The dock was built in 1974 also with a Boating Facilities Program grant. That program and others can be used to fund the improvements that come out of this process. Park users will have a chance to give their suggestions as the process gets underway, so stay tuned.

    For more information, contact Paul West at 206-275-7833 or paul.west@mercergov.org.

  • City Applies for Boating Facilities Grant to Pursue Dock Reconfiguration

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    The City of Mercer Island has applied for a Washington State Boating Facilities Grant through the Recreation and Conservation Office this winter. This grant, if awarded, would contribute to the design of one or more replacement sections of the docks at Luther Burbank Park so that they better meet boaters needs. Time lapse video from 2017 and user surveys shows that most of the boats using these docks are smaller pleasure boats. A floating dock would make it easier for these boats to tie up for day moorage. The current fixed pier docks are too high for small boats to use easily.

    If the City receives the grant, design would start in the second half of 2019. Public input would help guide the design with City Council making a final decision in 2020. Keep your fingers crossed!