Owen Beach Pavilion

For over 126 years, Owen Beach has provided access to Puget Sound for water-related activities, including swimming, beach combing, boating, and kayaking. In collaboration with Site Workshop, SHKS Architects designed building improvements that adapted an existing Civilian Conservation Corps-era comfort station into a kayak rental and storage facility, and added a new pavilion with restrooms and community gathering space which, in a subsequent phase, will become enclosed. When complete, the beach improvements will restore ecological functions, enhance access to water-related activities for users of all ages and abilities, and respond to programmatic needs of the region’s neighboring communities. 

Tacoma, WA

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