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Boathouse Construction Progress

September 24, 2022

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Mid-September 2022

Construction slated to begin on the new Green Lake Community Boathouse. The Green Lake Inner Loop will be modified to go around the construction site, which will encompass the parking lot. Staff will work out of trailers. Additional storage will be brought in to accommodate displaced canoe and kayak equipment. 

Campaign Progress

August 2022

A contract is awarded by the City and plans are made to begin construction in September 2022! We welcome the disruptions to come with our usual Green Lake can-do spirit as we prepare to accommodate a construction site around which we will run our programs for a year.

May 2022

After a long and winding process through the city’s permitting offices, the project goes out to bid again.

September 2021

Revised plans are re-submitted to the City. We expect to rebid the project in October in time to award a construction contract by the end of the year.

August 2021

We secure additional funding commitments from the City, County, and State, and the board unanimously approves a motion to move forward. We still anticipate a funding gap and pivot all our fundraising efforts to the boathouse project.

January 2021

The project is bid out for construction. Driven by COVID-related cost increases, the bids we receive are $1.5 million over our budget, and we cannot award a contract. The boat has flipped and we are in the water. We pull ourselves back in and rejoin the race. Plans are assessed for potential cost savings, and the fundraising team works behind the scenes to secure more funding for the project.

August 2020

The city spends several days laying a new water line to serve the facility. The campaign works with the city to stay on track through the bidding process in anticipation of groundbreaking before the end of the year.

March 2020

COVID-19 causes the closure of all of our programs at the Small Craft Center. Although fundraising takes a brief hiatus, plans for permitting and construction continue.

February 2020

The campaign hits the $6,300,000 mark.

December 2019

The Juniper Foundation awards us our biggest gift to date, a matching grant of $250,000 that puts us into the sprint for the finish line. All donations are now matched through the end of the campaign.

November 2019

A late fall online fundraising push brings us near the $6 million mark

October 2019

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles secures another $50,000 in funding from the county

August 2019

The campaign goes public, beginning our community outreach phase

July 2019

Private donations stand at $1.6 million, with a campaign total of $5.8 million raised toward our $6.5 million goal

June 2019

We are awarded two state grants from the Recreation and Conservation Office for a combined total of $951,000

Plans are 60% finalized and are sent out for permitting

January 2019

We pass the $1 million mark in private donations from individuals and foundations

November 2018

We are awarded $2.925 million from the Parks Department’s Major Projects Challenge Fund

Green Lake Crew celebrates its 70th anniversary

Summer 2018

Leaders of the Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council and Campaign Committee step up with early gifts

May 2018

Private fundraising campaign begins

January 2018

We are awarded a King County Parks grant of $100,000

November 2017

We are awarded a Department of Neighborhoods grant of $100,000 which gets our fundraising campaign off the ground


Schacht Aslani Architects are chosen to design the new building


Seed money is raised for design planning of the project and starting the campaign