Massachusetts town expands marine center

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The town of Scituate, Mass., is dedicating its new maritime center Oct. 15, following five years of work to create a larger marina, boat storage facility and a park/trail area for water access.

Scituate purchased about 3.2 acres - including the last remaining boatyard and open space in its harbor - years ago, Howie Kreutzberg, chairman of the Scituate Waterways Commission, told Soundings Trade Only.

The plan, he said, was to expand the existing marina from 60 slips to 100 slips and provide slips for transient boaters; create a working boatyard to service recreational boaters and the town's commercial fishing fleet; and create open space and access to water for residents.

It cost about $1.8 million to complete those projects, Kreutzberg said.

The project also includes the new Scituate Maritime Center, which was funded entirely by grants, donated services and materials. The center will be a significant new community asset available to marina patrons and community groups, Kreutzberg said.

In addition to the formal dedication, a public open house is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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