Washington State moves to preserve Port Townsend

Author:
Publish date:
Point Hudson is the home to an annual wooden boat festival. Photo courtesy of Port Townsend Leader.

Point Hudson is the home to an annual wooden boat festival. Photo courtesy of Port Townsend Leader.

On February 26, commissioners for the Port of Port Townsend, Wash., voted unanimously to partner with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to restore and preserve Point Hudson, a popular recreating and boating area.

The partnership agreement will direct port staff to start working with the nonprofit Washington Trust over the next two years. Employees will start with taking inventory of the existing conditions of Point Hudson to determine the next steps for a potential long-term lease of all or part of the point to the trust.

“This is really the first step in a process which, if successful, will take a number of years,” Eric Toews, deputy director of the port, told the Port Townsend Leader.

The partnership lasts until the end of 2021. Over the next two years, the port and the trust will conduct a fair-market value survey of Point Hudson, prepare the first phase of an environmental site assessment and create a facility-condition report on the point’s current buildings and infrastructure including the Point Hudson Jetty. The team will also conduct a survey of historic and cultural resources and a financial history of the port’s previous capital investments and future financial needs at Point Hudson.

Upon completion of the assessments, the Washington Trust will discuss possibly leasing Point Hudson with the goal to preserve, restore and invigorate the area.

After the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act was signed into federal law on March 12, 2019, the trust was designated to coordinate the state’s new maritime heritage area. The bill, which was written by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., seeks to highlight all maritime landmarks within a quarter mile of the shoreline around Puget Sound, creating a 3,000-mile heritage trail along the coast.

For the first 10 years, $1 million per year will be appropriated for activities that celebrate and encourage the shipping and shipbuilding history of the area. Establishing a heritage area will also qualify communities to apply for certain federal grants and to draw contributions from state, local and private sources.

“That (designation) really set the stage with thinking more holistically and specifically about our maritime resources across the state,” Chris Moore, director of the Washington Trust, said. “It would be an understatement to say that Port Townsend really represents in a lot of the ways all the themes and the goals that are wrapped up in the heritage area.”

The Washington Trust will begin crafting a management plan this summer to determine how the funding will be appropriated across all the areas within the maritime heritage area. A partnership with the port could put Point Hudson at the center of the plan.

Related

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.