Hand Carry Boat Launches Views Play Area Tennis Courts



Lowman Beach is small, but like beaches everywhere, it has some surprises. It includes about 300 feet of rocky, saltwater shoreline a few blocks north of Lincoln Park. Above the beach is an acre of grass with tennis courts, swings, with a view of the Olympics, Alki Point, and Williams Point spread out in three directions. (Excerpt from Enjoying Seattle's Parks by Brandt Morgan.) The entire shoreline is available for hand carry boat launch. 

Current Projects

Lowman Beach Park Racket Court Design

Visit the Racket Court Design project page for information on the project and how to participate in the community input process.

Lowman Beach Park Shoreline Restoration and Seawall Replacement Project

The Lowman Beach Park seawall began to fail in 2015 and needs to be addressed. As visitors to the park have seen, the existing seawall is slowly falling over/sliding towards the water. Seattle Parks and Recreation's goal is to remove the existing seawall and continue the shoreline restoration work that began when the south half of the seawall failed in the mid-1990s and was removed. Restoring the shoreline will make it more resilient to sea level rise, winter storms and coastal flooding events, better accommodate public access to the water and improve the shoreline habitat for juvenile salmon. Funding for this project is being provided by the Washington State Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grant program, the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the King County Flood Control District through its Cooperative Watershed Management program. Restoration at Lowman Beach is a priority project identified by the Water Resource Inventory Area 9 Technical Committee.

We are currently reviewing the 90% Design Plans, Specifications and the Basis of Design Report that supports the 90% design. The 90% Plans and Basis of Design Report, and earlier designs, are available below. The project permit applications are currently being reviewed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Our goal is to put the project out to bid and get under construction mid to late 2020.  

In September 2019 Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) was not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. The Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) was issued on September 12, 2019 and is available below.   In February 2019 SPR presented the preliminary design (30% design) for the Lowman Beach Park Restoration and Seawall Removal project. The preliminary design takes into consideration both the habitat benefits of the seawall removal and the coastal engineering ramifications of that seawall removal. Given the design constraints of the project, the existing tennis court will be removed. A remnant of Pelly Creek that currently flows under the seawall will be daylighted as part of the project.
February 28, 2019 Preliminary Design presentation
February 28, 2019 meeting poster
February 28, 2019 meeting notes  

In May 2017, together with our design consultant Environmental Science Associates (ESA), SPR presented a feasibility study with three design options to address the failing seawall. 
May 31, 2017 Preliminary Feasibility Study Presentation 
May 31, 2017 Lowman Beach Design Alternatives  

November 2015, Thanksgiving Storm - seawall begins to fail and tilt waterward.

Project Design and Environmental Documents: 
2020 Lowman Beach Park 90% Design Plans
2020 Lowman Beach Park 90% Design Basis of Design Report 
2020 Lowman Beach Park 90% Design Basis of Design Report Appendices
   • Appendix A
   • Appendix B
   • Appendix C
   • Appendix D
   • Appendix E 
   • Appendix F 
   • Appendix G
   • Appendix H

2019 SEPA Determination of Non-Significance  

2019 Lowman Beach Park 60% Design Plans
2019 Lowman Beach Park 60% Design Basis of Design Report  

2019 Lowman Beach Park 30% Design Plans  

2017 Lowman Beach Feasibility Study
2017 Lowman Beach Feasibility Study - Geotechnical Evaluation 

2016 Lowman Beach Park Survey

For questions or additional information please contact David Graves: or (206) 684-7048

Boating rules and fees

Enjoy this park by canoe, kayak, sailboat, and more. Learn more about our boat ramp fees, boating rules and regulations, and general boating information on our Boating and Sailing page.

Reserve your tennis court

Same-day reservations can be made over the phone at (206) 684-4764 or in person. Find out more about how to reserve your space on our tennis court reservations page.