Ebey Small Watercraft Center

Marysville, WA


Shallow Water

Walking through the envisioned Ebey Waterfront Park, the Small Watercraft Center is a gateway from the upland to the water, providing equitable access to kayaks, canoes, and human-powered watercraft.

A pedestrian walkway extends across the park to intersect with the building – aligned with a berth from the historic cedar shingle mill that once existed on the site. Echoing the past with modern forms, the materials and shapes are familiar to 1900s cannery buildings. The interior spaces are warm wood, with exposed wood framing inspired by wooden skiffs.

Perched on the edge of the Slough, the facility has two lives. By day it will be a small boat rental hub and education center, and throughout the year it will be a performance venue with an amphitheater where workrooms double as green rooms for Shakespeare in the Park and music festivals.


Great name for a skiff: Essay

Tide Swing: 13.8'