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, Sept. 24 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 156-foot drive-aboard pier includes ramp and float. It also provides 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 Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor), Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor), and Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard).
The Gig Harbor Commercial Fishing Club also donated additional funds of $50,000.
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.