Walkways and Waterways
Pedestrian and bicyclist safety is a City priority. The City is committed to its Target Zero goal of achieving zero pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 through project improvements such as safer walkways and bicycle routes, education and enforcement. Imagine Kenmore started as a community conversation about how Kenmore residents can play more and connect more through expanded parks and safer streets and trails. This conversation led to the Walkways & Waterways ballot measure.
Through the Imagine Kenmore community engagement process, Kenmore residents confirmed that safety improvements including new sidewalks and bicycle lanes on arterial roadways like Juanita Drive are priorities. The Walkways and Waterways bond measure proposes new sidewalk and bicycle lanes on Juanita Drive and 68th Ave NE.
Improving public access to Kenmore's waterfront is also a priority. The City has over seven miles of shoreline on Lake Washington and the Sammamish River but limited opportunities for public access. Kenmore residents’ desire to connect to the waterfront has been strongly expressed over the years and was confirmed through the Imagine Kenmore community engagement process. The Walkways and Waterways bond measure proposes public waterfront improvements at Log Boom Park, Rhododendron Park, and Squire’s Landing Park.
Incorporated as a City in 1998, Kenmore currently has no debt obligations. The Walkways & Waterways proposed bond measure for the November 2016 ballot is the City’s first ballot measure. The bond measure would raise $19.75 million over 20 years to pay for 1) new sidewalks and bike lanes on Juanita Drive and 68th Ave NE and 2) public waterfront improvements at Log Boom Park, Rhododendron Park, and Squire’s Landing Park.