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Port of Grays Harbor Looks to Rebuild 28th Street Boat Launch

Each Fall, hundreds of fishermen launch their boat into the Chehalis River at the Port of Grays Harbor’s 28th Street boat launch in Hoquiam. Built in the 1990’s, this important public access point is in need of rehabilitation and upgrades to better accommodate the users. With most of the design and engineering of the improvements complete, the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners took the next step today, passing a resolution requesting funding from the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office (RCO).

In 2009, the Port initiated a public planning process to identify improvements needed at the facility. The process, led by the Grays Harbor Council of Governments, identified the need for permanent restrooms, replacement of launch floats, improved debris barriers, additional parking and additional lighting. Last year the RCO funded the majority of the design and engineering costs of the improvements with a grant to the Port. Port staff have prepared an application seeking $1.0 million toward the $1.368 million project.

“This is a key public access area for our citizens and an important piece of Port infrastructure,” reported Commission President Chuck Caldwell. “Our partnership with the State and our tenant, Westport Shipyards, made this facility possible. I am optimistic that the State will continue their partnership and help us fund these improvements.

Public access to the waterfront is one of the functions of this deep-water shipping port on Washington’s Pacific Coast. The Port of Grays Harbor manages four international shipping terminals, over one thousand acres of industrial property, Washington’s largest commercial fish landing port –the Westport Marina and Bowerman Airport, a jet-capable aviation facility. Hundreds of businesses utilize the Port’s assets to generate jobs and economic activity for the region. For more information visit PortofGraysHarbor.com.

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