Lake Union site may become ‘community wharf’

A former oil-products depot on Lake Union’s north shore could become a “community wharf” operated by The Center for Wooden Boats under a concept supported this week by the Metropolitan King County Council the Seattle Times reports.

The King County-owned site west of Gas Works Park would not replace the existing Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union, but would be an additional location, one that could accommodate educational projects, tall-ship moorage and restoration, a small-boat rental center and other maritime uses.

Proposals under consideration even include a waterborne shuttle service to Lake Union Park at the lake’s south end as a way of exploring the “blue space of Seattle.”

The site of the proposed Northlake Community Wharf, adjacent to the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol pier, includes 220 feet of shoreline, 470 feet of existing moorage, 5,000 square feet of warehouse space, one-third of an acre of open yard, and access to the Burke-Gilman Trail.

 

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