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April 15th, 2010, Gig Harbor Wash; It’s time to VOTE TO SAVE SKANSIE NETSHED! On May 1st the Gig Harbor community will come together to celebrate the 100th birthday of the well known and dearly loved Skansie Netshed. But there’s more! As part of this celebration the community can vote for the Netshed to win a grant of over $100K to go towards its restoration.

The Skansie Netshed is one of twenty-five historic properties in the Puget Sound region chosen to compete for a million dollars in grant money as part of the Partners in Preservation Program and thanks to a generous contribution by American Express. From April 15-May12, the public will be invited to vote for the project they would like to see receive the preservation funding and share their personal stories and photos of the site. Each person can vote once a day. The winner of the public vote is guaranteed to receive a grant, so your votes really do count!

For more information about the Partners in Preservation Program and to vote daily on line, go to

In addition, the Skansie Netshed Centennial Celebration on May 1st will have laptop computers on site for voting, courtesy of CenturyLink. But don’t wait until May 1st to begin voting – go on line each day beginning April 15th and vote every day until May 12th.

As early as 1910, Gig Harbor’s netsheds began appearing along the waterfront; a place for local fisherman to store and mend nets and fishing gear.

Today, only 17 netsheds remain along the western shoreline of Gig Harbor bay, the largest inventory of historic netsheds on the Puget Sound. The iconic blue and red roofed Skansie Netshed is the only publicly owned shed, located in the heart of the community and considered a community treasure.