Daily launch fee is $5.00 round trip or $30.00 for an Annual Launch Sticker, which is good for a year from the day you buy it. We achieved all our goals on this project: Construction of a Single Lane Public Boat Launch Ramp -- associated Gravel Parking Lot (properly drained -- including handling of storm water; lighting; and curb stops) with landscaping, where needed.
DOCK REPAIR AND RAMP IMPROVEMENT:
In January, 1996 we completed all necessary repairs to our three Dock Floats, called the Main Float, the Ark Float and the Wiegardt Float. Also, we had the firm of EdWing Boats construct all new aluminum ramps with a non-skid, grill-type walking surface for the access points at the head of each of these Floats.
In addition to those repairs and improvements a completely new float was constructed for the Wiegardt Brothers Company's work boats. Wiegardt Bros., pays an annual moorage fee for the use of this float.
In the Summer of 1995, we completed construction of a new 30' x 40' net float built to industry standards. This net float was constructed in such a way that it can be dismantled and reconfigured into 20-foot long sections for possible replacement of 200 feet of main walking floats should there be a downturn in the gillnet seasons.
All of these improvements were made with funds that the Port had budgeted and set aside for these purposes and NO loan funding was used. However, ongoing maintenance to docks and floats is a constant need in any marine environment.
PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITY at OCEAN PARK
BAY AVENUE APPROACH:
The Port assisted this project by ghost writing the letter of application to Washington State Parks. Excerpts below: "The community of Ocean Park has long been a focal point, on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, for tourism and a destination recreational site. Ocean Park is facing a tourism explosion. With any explosion of this type there is an associated increase in public facilities user demands and needs."
"We are requesting the inclusion of funding and construction of a ADA approved Men and Women's Restroom Facility for the Bay Avenue access, in your agency's Biennial FY 97-99 Capital Improvements Budget."
"According to Mr. Gary Forner, Park Ranger, at [Cape Disappointment] State Park, records from the counter at this Beach access point indicate that the 1995 yearly ADT (Average Daily Traffic) count was 997 Vehicles per day. The Monthly Low was January with 2,088 vehicles that month -- equaling an ADT of 69.6 during that month. The Monthly High was September with 87,485 vehicles that month -- equaling an ADT of 2,916.2 for that month."
Through strong leadership and persistence by members of the Ocean Park Area Chamber the Washington State Parks completed construction of this facility in the Fall of 2001.
HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE and WALKING TRAIL PROJECT:
In 1992 a project divided into 3 segments with phased development was also suggested. Those segments were:
- Development of a trail from the light at the intersection of S.R. 103 and Bay Avenue to Sandridge Road.
- A trail from the light to the Ocean with an Archway that could have a short spiral up to a platform with benches so that people could watch the surf and/or sunsets; and,
- Then continue the trail up to 273rd street past JOLLY ROGERS, EASTPOINT and COAST out to the Interpretative Center and the end of the jetty.
Although, at that time Pacific County had $100,000.00 committed to this project, it did not come to fruition. The portion of Bay Ave. from the light to the Bay would be the easiest to build. There is a 100' right away along that portion and there would be only minimal land acquisition required. The Port believes our chances are reasonably good to ultimately receive funding, since at least the first three phases have broad based community support.
There appears to be a great deal of renewed interest in this project, which includes interest from SEVERAL of the public agencies and the private sector.
WILLAPA BAY INTERPRETIVE CENTER
The Port of Peninsula opened its Interpretive Center in May of 1993 in a replica of an oyster station house. It features quotes from numerous oyster family pioneers and their ancestors, which weave more than 100 years of tales about the profitable industry on Willapa Bay and the families involved.
The walls of the interpretive center are covered with quotes, old photographs, a chronology of the oyster industry and a 20-foot mural of the bay. Among the artifacts in the center is a 14-foot double-ended Shoalwater Bay dinghy built in the late 1920s by Dan Louderback Sr. of South Bend. Oyster tongs, baskets and a rake - tools of the oystering trade - sit in the boat. Staffed by volunteers the center is open from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays - Memorial Day through Labor Day.