The docks at the waterfront were built in 1974. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

The docks at the waterfront were built in 1974. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Redesign workshop for Luther Burbank waterfront docks set for Aug. 6

The docks, as they currently stand, have less than five years of useful service remaining.

The city of Mercer Island’s Parks and Recreation Department is continuing renovation planning for the docks at the Luther Burbank waterfront, officials shared in a July 15 release.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5-9 p.m., boaters and other waterfront users are being encouraged by city officials to participate in a design workshop via Zoom.

The docks, built in 1974, have only about five years of useful service remaining, the release states.

“In addition, the fixed height piers are not useful for smaller boats and don’t serve the needs of most current boaters or the city’s boating programs,” the release adds.

To prepare for future use, the city is looking at possibly reconfiguring one or more of the piers to become floating docks while the remaining pier is repaired, the release states.

Renovations are dependent on possible state and federal grant funding. Earlier this month, Mercer Island applied for some federal grant funding to renovate Luther Burbank Park’s northern pier. The grant, managed by the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, would fund, if approved, 75 percent of the design and construction costs of the particular project.

Renovations would use the Luther Burbank Park Master Plan as a guide for the design process, the release states.

“The design process will also consider how to make the waterfront more accessible to all users and attractive for the general public,” the release states.

Work itself would probably unfold in 2023 or 2024.

The Aug. 6 workshop, according to the city of Mercer Island’s website, “will discuss how the docks will be rebuilt in a new configuration, with an emphasis on serving small power, sail and paddle craft.”

For more information about the Luther Burbank waterfront, go to the city of Mercer Island’s website. For more information about the Aug. 6 workshop, go to the city of Mercer Island’s website.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.


More in News

Pictured is a screenshot from the Luther Burbank Park waterfront-renovations charrette.
Overflow crowd participates in waterfront-renovations charrette

A virtual design charrette focused on Luther Burbank Park waterfront renovations was… Continue reading

Pictured is a screenshot of the Mercer Island School District board meeting on Aug. 11 via Zoom.
School board members, staff and instructors answer community’s questions regarding reopening plan

These are challenging times, said Mercer Island School District board president Deborah… Continue reading

‘The human connection piece, that hasn’t changed one bit’

Stroum Jewish Community Center camp is more important than ever.

Chamber ‘Working Wellness’ webinar set for September / Briefs

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Working Wellness” webinar… Continue reading

School lunch. File photo
School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

Courtesy of Mercer Island School District
Parents can now access Skyward school accounts

Parents of students can now log into their Skyward Family Access accounts… Continue reading

Reporter file photo
School Board to hold meetings this week

Three meetings are on tap this week for the Mercer Island School… Continue reading

City Council schedules second reading of moratorium ordinance

Mercer Island City Councilmember Jake Jacobson felt it was vital to schedule… Continue reading

Most Read