POULSBO — The Port of Poulsbo and the city gave the public an early Valentine’s Day present at the Nov. 2 City Council meeting.
Officials announced that the parking lot between SEA Discovery Center and the Slippery Pig and Brass Kraken will be redone.
The work will be done Jan. 23 to March 3. The port will replace the seawall and repair its boat ramp, according to Port Manager Brad Miller. The city will install a bioswale and repave with pervious (in port’s area) and impervious materials (rest of lot up the hill), he said.
Public Works anticipates it may be able to offset some of the 30 lost public parking spaces that will be temporarily lost by re-striping the old police station parking lot to create 10 new spaces.
“Our waterfront parking lot is in need of repairs, ” Miller said. “When it was built, sometime around 1992-93, the company that did the work failed to install geo-textile materials behind the concrete panels. Over the next 20 years, the fill material — sand and gravel — started to leach out from behind the seawall as the panels separated and the parking lot began to settle into the voids. We were already planning to do a project to repair our parking lot there along the waterfront and our seawall, when city approached us about a joint project. They needed our assistance to get a DOT grant.”
Miller said plans are also moving forward with the replacement of the creosoted-piling breakwater and the engineers are scheduled to present preliminary plans at the November meeting.
“We’re moving forward regardless of what happens with annexation [on the Nov. 8 ballot],” Miller said. The plan calls for a floating breakwater. Other ports in the area, such as Brownsville, have floating breakwaters. The new breakwater will increase dockage for transient moorage and seaplanes, but there will be no new permanent moorage.
“During the peak season, we get a couple of seaplanes a day,” Miller said. “We’re only limited by the facility that is here now. Kenmore Air comes over here pretty regularly.”