Paddle safe. Paddle smart. A message from the Washington State Parks Boating Program
Spring is great time to
enjoy being on the water in a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard—especially
with temperatures climbing to the low 90s this weekend in most of the state. If
you plan to hit the water, don’t let the warm temperatures fool you, the water
is still cold!
According to meteorologist
Ted Buehner of the National Weather
Service in Seattle, even with the rising temperatures this weekend,
waters in rivers, lakes and the Puget Sound will still be in the 40s to mid-50s
because of the snowmelt runoff. Later in the summer, you may notice some lake
temperatures climbing to near 70 degrees on the surface. However, temperatures
will be much colder under the surface and can easily cause hypothermia.
To make sure that everyone
has a safe and enjoyable time on the water this weekend and throughout the
year, the Washington State
Parks Boating Program encourages paddlers to follow these tips prior
to heading out:
Wear a properly fitted life jacket. Just #Wear It.
Be prepared. Check the marine weather, and
always plan for changing weather conditions.
Know your limits. If you don't feel comfortable with
the conditions and your skill level, return to shore.
Bring extra layers of clothing in a waterproof/dry bag.
Keep signaling devices (whistle, mirror, flares) in a
pocket of your life jacket.
Be seen. Dress for visibility. Wear a brightly colored
life jacket and paddling clothing so that others can see you on the water.
Never go out on the water under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
City Council May Consider Bond Measure for “Walkways & Waterways” Projects
At the June 13 Council meeting, the Kenmore City Council will consider the adoption of a Bond Election Ordinance that would place a "Walkways and Waterways" bond measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. A bond measure requires 60% voter approval. The City Council regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Kenmore City Hall Council Chambers. The Council meeting agenda with details on the bond measure will be available online at www.kenmorewa.gov/council.
The list of "Walkways & Waterways" projects below are the result of a public outreach initiative by the City known as Imagine Kenmore. This initiative began last summer and included a number of public meetings, online interactive methods, and two randomized phone surveys to solicit public input on priorities for pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as park improvements.
The following projects were selected after extensive public input over the last nine months:
68th Ave NE: Sidewalk and bike lane construction between downtown Kenmore (NE 182nd Street) to the northern city limit (Snohomish County Line)
Juanita Drive: Grant match funding for sidewalk and bike lane construction from NE 170th Street (Simonds Road) to the southern city limit (Kirkland border)
Log Boom Park: Lakefront, pathway, and viewpoint improvements
Rhododendron Park: New boardwalk and trail connecting the playfield to the waterfront and future dock
Squire’s Landing Park: New boardwalk and trails, open space enhancements, and water access improvements
Kenmore Wins 2016 Governor's Smart Communities Award
The City, in partnership with MainStreet Property Group LLC, has been awarded the 2016 Governor’s Smart Communities “Smart Partnership” Award for the Kenmore Village mixed-use development project. The downtown project includes The Spencer 68 Apartments + Lofts, The LINQ Flats + Lofts, Spencer Square, and the Town Green and community building. The Smart Communities program recognizes outstanding efforts of counties, cities and towns, and their partners throughout the state to create quality communities through excellence in growth planning. Kenmore is one of only seven cities statewide to receive a Smart Communities award this year. Click here to read the entire news release.
Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community
is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the seventh year
in a row! The City strives to create a safe and fun environment for
people to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We are thrilled about this
recognition and will continue to provide more community events and activities
for everyone to enjoy. Click here to read the entire news release.
Summer is right around the corner! Sign your kids up for the
many recreation classes going on in Kenmore. The City has partnered
with Skate Like a Girl and Skyhawks to provide classes that will keep kids
active while having fun.
Skate Like A Girl Skate Camps Skate Like a Girl will hold skate camps at Jack V. Crawford Skate Court the weeks of August 15-19 and August 22-26. This camp is geared toward children ages 5-12 at all level of abilities from completely new to skateboarding to advanced.
Waterfront Activities The Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center is also providing classes
to encourage kids and adults to get out on the water! There are many options to
choose from at the KWAC, you can take lessons on how to paddle board or learn
how to row, no experience is necessary. To learn more about these exciting
activities, visit www.kenmorewac.org. You can also rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards at Log Boom Park. For details, visit www.whatssup.net.
68th Ave NE Restripe
As part of the Kenmore Village downtown project, 68th Avenue NE has been restriped between NE 181st Street and NE 182nd Street. The new layout:
Restores the left turn pocket for southbound 68th Ave NE traffic
Eliminates the left turn pockets on 68th Ave NE at NE 182nd St
Converts the northbound left lane of 68th Ave at 181st St to a left-only
Adds time-limited on-street parking spaces in the “City Hall/LINQ” block