Rhododendron Park Boathouse

Staff Contact

Parks Project Manager
(425) 398-8900

Current Status

On January 14, 2019, City Council authorized staff to proceed with design, permits and construction of a 40’x70 boathouse.


Description: The 40’x70’ steel structure will provide an enclosed storage area for 24-36 rowing shells. The building will sit on a concrete pad and include a small second story area for exercise machines, meeting and coach space.


Background: In 2017, the City of Kenmore completed a walkway across Rhododendron Park’s wetland, a new boarding float on the river and improved parking facilities. These improvements support water access for a variety of hand-carried watercraft. Construction of this boathouse to store rowing shells is intended to support both public and Northshore School District rowing programs.


The Kenmore City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19-0947 on 9/9/19, amending the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Program to allocate $1,185,019 for the Rhododendron Boathouse Project. Funding sources in the 2019-2024 CIP include the following:

State Capital Budget S1889 – $242,500

Northshore School District (awaiting confirmation) – $250,000

King County Youth Sports Grant (awaiting confirmation) – $611,000

Recreation and Conservation Office ALEA Grant 12-1963 – $22,625

Park Impact Fees – $23,469

Real Estate Excise Tax – $12,800


The city is currently accepting bids on the project through 1pm January 30, 2020. Construction of the boathouse is planned for spring and summer with operations beginning in the fall of 2020.


Boathouse Operations: Day-to-day operations are anticipated to be provided by a nonprofit organization experienced in rowing program and boathouse management. In cooperation with the Northshore School District, the city is finalizing an agreement to provide these services.


Other Construction:

Construction of the new two-lane southbound bridge with a separated bike/pedestrian path anticipated to occur from 2020 through 2023. During bridge construction, access to the Rhododendron Park waterfront will only be available from the east side of 68th; the underpass to the Kenmore boat ramp will be closed for the duration of the bridge replacement work.


Click here to see Kenmore Boathouse Renderings. 




Last updated: Mon, 12/23/2019 - 10:15am