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Grading, stormwater control, pavement design, ADA access - these are just some of the civil design elements necessary for shoreline recreation projects. Having worked on dozens of these projects for energy providers, we know their nuances. Your facility will be user-friendly and designed to last.


Recreation facilities are the public face of your energy project, so it's important to design them right. Our landscape architects are experts at designing facilities that both you and the public will enjoy: user-friendly, respectful of the natural environment, and easy to maintain over time.


Recreation projects often have tight budgets, so efficiency is important in every aspect. MacKay Sposito's surveyors know exactly what our design team needs - and what they don't need - saving you time and money.


Construction oversight on recreation projects helps prevent costly errors. Our team of construction managers and inspectors has performed this work many times and knows what to look for. You can trust us to be your eyes and ears on site.


Permitting and dealing with regulatory agencies can lead to frustrating delays for your recreation project if you don't have the right partner. Our experience permitting recreation projects with local, state, and federal agencies means your project will take the smoothest route to approval.


With a combination of pre-construction environmental permitting and construction inspection expertise, our staff is uniquely positioned to provide the most highly constructible projects while minimizing environmental impacts. Your project will be permitted and constructed right from the start.


Simplify your project delivery team and eliminate finger-pointing by leveraging our contracting subsidiary, MacKay Sposito Constructors, to combine our design services with construction.  By combining our design with construction services you’ll receive schedule and budget information much earlier, as well as accelerated delivery of the project.


Day-use facilities

Day-Use Facilities

We design facilities specifically to the site, for the people who will be using them and for the environment in which they reside. We’ll also provide you with long-term value through sustainable solutions that meet your programmatic goals.



More and more people are connecting with nature and we know the types of amenities that will attract this new breed of camper to your site. Whether it's updating an existing campsite or creating a new facility, we’ll make sure your site is ADA compliant and designed with efficient operations and maintenance in mind.

Boat launches

Boat Launches

A relaxing day on the water shouldn’t begin with long waits at the boat launch. We design boat launches that prioritize safety and ease of access, while keeping your operational and maintenance costs to a minimum.



From shorelines to forests to neighborhoods, we design trails that go everywhere, through every type of terrain - trails that safely and sustainably connect communities, promote recreation, and provide access to all of the wonders of nature.

Shoreline stabilization

Shoreline Stabilization

While properly protecting a shoreline requires precise engineering, the result shouldn’t look engineered. We provide context-sensitive designs that incorporate native plantings and elements that highlight the beauty of the natural environment.


Grant County WA

Wanapum Dam Overlook

Grant County Public Utility District

Project Highlights:

  • New scenic viewpoint looking over the Wanapum Reservoir
  • New parking lot
  • Improved ADA access
  • Picnic tables
  • Improvements to the viewing platform

Desert Aire WA

Priest Rapids Recreation Area

Grant County Public Utility District

Project Highlights:

  • Expanded boat basin with 3-lane ramp and float
  • New jetty constructed
  • Expanded parking lot
  • ADA improvements
  • Extensive public involvement and outreach

Pend Oreille County WA

Forebay Recreation Area

Seattle City Light

Project Highlights:

  • Redesign and reconstruction of campground, day use facility, boat launch, and parking
  • New restroom, picnic shelters, and picnic tables
  • 900 feet of shoreline restoration
  • ADA improvements

Grant County WA

Priest Rapids Recreation Area Shoreline Trail

Grant County Public Utility District

Project Highlights:

  • New 3.1-mile long paved shoreline trail
  • Two (2) new trailheads with parking

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