Rhododendron Park Boathouse

Staff Contact

Parks Project Manager
(425) 398-8900

Current Status

On March 16th, 2020, City Council awarded a $1,195,826 bid for the 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 coaching 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


Construction of the boathouse is planned for spring and summer with operations beginning in the winter of 2020-21.


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: Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:35am