The new Green Lake Small Craft Center is now open! Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), alongside their community partners, recently hosted the Center’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration.

The 11,000 SF boathouse offers expanded and more efficient storage, as well as additional programming space for North Seattle’s boating community. The new Center unlocks a range of new programs, including Seattle’s first public adaptive rowing program and expansion of a para canoeing program. Specialized programs of SPR will also be able to expand their work with individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities.

Replacing an existing one-story building, the fully accessible, LEED-targeted Center provides restrooms, locker facilities, areas for off-water instruction, and a community meeting space. The design process required a high degree of collaboration to overcome the challenges of poor soils and the site’s shoreline proximity while ensuring continued pedestrian access to nearby paths. Working with the city and parks department, Lund Opsahl addressed these issues by designing a unique system of deep foundations built over the abandoned-in-place existing foundations that is supplemented by a permanent shoring wall. Through these innovative design solutions, the Center can now better engage with Green Lake Park, benefitting all park users.

The expanded center will give Green Lake Crew and other boating enthusiasts many more opportunities to enjoy the lake’s waterfront. We’re proud to have brought this project to life alongside a dynamic and collaborative project team.

Check out the construction progress in the video below.