Gig Harbor Maritime Pier Ribbon Cutting
Gig Harbor, Wash. – September 12, 2012 The City of Gig Harbor will officially cut the ribbon on its new Maritime Pier and thank all of those who made this pier possible on Monday September 24, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
The ribbon cutting marks a significant accomplishment for the city, and follows decades of discussions to build Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing fleet a pier. The Gig Harbor commercial fishing fleet, once the largest on the West Coast, continues the tradition today with approximately 40 active vessels.
The new drive-aboard pier is 156 feet plus ramp and float and will provide access for loading and unloading for the fishing fleet, transient moorage and viewing, and water access for the public.
A variety of partners helped fund this project. The City of Gig Harbor, based on budget numbers, has contributed $1.6 million dollars to the project. An additional $378,000 in state funding was appropriated for the pier thanks to efforts from local state legislators Senator Derek Kilmer, Representative Larry Seaquist, and Representative Jan Angel. Additional funds of $50K were donated by the Gig Harbor Commercial Fishing Club.
Over the decades hundreds of local citizens, fishermen, groups and organizations have supported the idea of a Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor, which is known as Washington’s Maritime City. The new pier is just one piece of an on-going effort to preserve the heritage and culture of the community with facilities, parks, and historic properties through-out the historic waterfront that provide water access while keeping our cultural heritage a priority.