Construction could begin by June on state park bathhouse

March 29, 2014

By Peter Clark

New: March 29, 2:16 p.m.

Lake Sammamish State Park will receive its Sunset Beach Bathhouse this year, officials said.

Park Manager Richard Benson said plans outlined in 2007 might finally see the light of day with the help of funding secured in last year’s legislative session.

“Apparently, bids will go out around April 1 with construction beginning early enough to have substantial progress by June 13,” Benson wrote in an email. “That really is good news. It will have been 40 years since we have had improvements like this here at the park.”

The bathhouse would offer updated restroom and concession facilities, along with space for a future lifeguard program.

Benson said in a phone interview that the state was providing $2.9 million in the biennium state budget, which will go into the restoration project. He fully expects construction to be under way by early summer.

“We have to have some substantial progress made by June,” Benson said. “Otherwise, we could potentially lose permitting for the project.”

He said he hoped that part of the restored bathhouse could eventually be used to provide lifeguards for the lake, though specific plans have not unfolded to begin such a program.

“Without substantial evidence that we will have a lifeguard program here in the near future, the lifeguard portion of the building will be replaced with something different, like additional shelter space,” Benson said. “If that happens, when we potentially do get lifeguards in the future, any space for that program would have to then be addressed.”

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park board member Connie Marsh shared the group’s enthusiasm for park upgrades.

“We are very happy about this,” she said. “It’s always a good to have these improvements.”

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