Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment

Updated: September 6, 2022

Summer 2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation is finalizing the construction contract for the new Green Lake Community Boathouse at the Small Craft Center in Green Lake Park and anticipates construction will begin in mid-September 2022 and be completed by fall 2023.

Construction will affect the Green Lake path. The contractor and Seattle Parks and Recreation will work to minimize the impact to the Green Lake Park path during construction and users of the path will need to follow detour signs. Additionally, the current facility will be closed and demolished.

The new 10,800 SF boathouse will increase capacity for programs through a combination of expanded and more efficient boat storage and additional instructional space. It will be fully accessible, which makes possible the launch of Seattle’s first public adaptive rowing program and expansion of a paracanoing program. Specialized programs of Seattle Parks and Recreation will also be able to expand their work with individuals of differing physical and cognitive abilities.

Additionally, the new facility will provide restrooms, locker facilities, and areas for off-water instruction and a community meeting space. The new boathouse will better engage with Green Lake Park and the heavily used adjacent walking trail. The project includes excavation, site re-grading and utility work to support the new building. The adjacent Massart Shellhouse building and restrooms will be minimally renovated as well and utilities for both buildings will be repaired/replaced. 

Thumbnail image of Small Craft Center Site Plan

Thumbnail image of Small Craft Center rendering of water side of building

View larger versions of Site Plan and three views of future building renderings in this PDF

Advanced work to install new water lines across the adjacent Pitch N Putt golf course has already been completed.

Thank you to everyone who attended the October 3, 2018 meeting and provided input on the preliminary design of a new Green Lake Small Craft Center. The presentation and notes from the meeting are available below.

Location

Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N, 98103

Budget

This project estimate is $12,500,000 and is being funded in part by private donations and grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, King County, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Major Projects Challenge Fund.

Schedule

Design: 2018 - 2021
Construction:
September 2022 – September 2023

Project Description

There have long been conversations among the rowing and sailing community that the Small Craft Center (SCC) needs improvement and/or expansion to better serve existing and potential future users. Damage to the SCC from the Nisqually earthquake in 2001 was repaired but no improvements were made to the facility. In 2017, with funding from the Major Projects Challenge Fund and in partnership with the Rowing Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) hired Schact Aslani Architects to undertake a pre-design feasibility study to look at options for improving the SCC. Download the final version of the feasibility study here.

In 2017, with funding from the Major Projects Challenge Fund and in partnership with the Rowing Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired Schact Aslani Architects to undertake a pre-design feasibility study to look at options for improving the Small Craft Center.

The study is complete and the project is currently funded through the first phase of design. The Rowing Advisory Council is actively seeking additional funding for the subsequent design phases and construction from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund, State grants and private fundraising.  

Community Participation

On January 29, 2018 SPR began the next phase of planning and design with the issuance of an RFQ for a design team to lead the design process as SPR begins the public outreach process. Look for ongoing project updates and notices on this webpage.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued November 12, 2019.
Download the DNS document for additional information.

Public Meeting 6/26/2018

Public Meeting 10/3/2018