Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Avenue Southeast
Located on the northeast end of Mercer Island, Luther Burbank Park features spectacular views of Lake Washington, and has facilities for several water-based activities, including swimming, boating and fishing.
Luther Burbank is a large park of 77 acres with three-quarters of a mile of Lake Washington waterfront. Much of the park has been left undeveloped to foster a variety of wildlife, including 135 species of birds, 50 species of waterfowl, raccoons, beaver, muskrats, tree frogs and rabbits. Many of these animals live in the wetlands that occupy the north and south ends of the park.
Download a printable Park Map here (3Mb)
Holiday Gift Giving
Do you have a nature lover in your family? Someone you would like to honor? The Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department is offering a unique gift for this holiday season - tree donations in Luther Burbank Park! Started in 2010, the Grove at The Source landscape sculpture features three species of trees, planted in rows radiating from the spiral mounds. The Grove is able to accommodate ten more trees, for a donation of $500 each. If you have someone special in your life who would be honored by the donation of a tree, or have questions, please contact Diane Mortenson, Recreation Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.275.7861.
Amenities at Luther Burbank include:
- A large children's play area with swings, new play structures, and a zipline
- An off-leash dog area at the north end of the park.
- Group picnic areas, available for rental
- Three tennis courts
- Public boat dock
- Public fishing pier
- Swimming beach with lifeguards on duty between late June and Labor Day, 7 days a week from 12 pm - 6 pm
- An Amphitheater, available for rental
- Limited car parking. Sorry, no bus parking available at either the north or south parking lots.
- Luther Burbank Park Trail Map
From I-5, take I-90 East to Mercer Island
Take the 77th Ave. SE exit (#7A) immediately after the 2nd tunnel, and turn left on 77th Ave. SE.
Turn right at the stop sign onto N. Mercer Way, go through the light at 80th Ave. SE
Turn left onto 81st Ave. SE.
Turn right on SE 24th St. and drive to the end.
The park entrance is on your left.
From I-405, take I-90 West to Mercer Island
Take the Island Crest Way exit (#7).
At top of the ramp, turn right onto SE 26th St.
At the stop sign turn left onto 84th Ave. SE and drive straight into the park after another stop sign at SE 24th St.
By Bus, King County METRO Transit provides bus service to the I-90 Park 'n Ride, about three blocks west of the park. Check bus schedules for arrival and departure times,
Call METRO at 206.BUS.TIME (206.287.8463) or go to METRO's Website
History of Luther Burbank Park
More about Luther Burbank, the man
Luther Burbank Park Master Plan
Approximately 15 public hearings, small group discussions, meetings, workshops, Town Halls and City Council meetings have taken place to solicit the community's ideas and thoughts.
A community visioning exercise preceded the master planning process and resulted in the development of 15 "Design Guidelines" that provided a planning framework for the park master planning effort. This extensive park planning process resulted in a Preferred Concept Design.
On April 17th, 2006 the Mercer Island City Council adopted the Luther Burbank Master Plan. The Master Plan includes a map graphic and written report detailing the new park elements as well as cost allowances for the probable construction of the improvements.
Master Plan Map
Probable Cost and Estimate
Shoreline Habitat Evaluation Memo
Luther Burbank Wetland Report
Permitting Process Memo
Civil Narrative Memo
Shoreline Access and Restoration
Draft Phasing Strategy
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Public Visioning Parameters
Park Design Guidelines