Poulsbo picks consultant to assess Oyster Plant Park pier

The city of Poulsbo is moving forward with Railstar Engineering out of Vashon Island to assess the Oyster Plant Park pier as its wooden support structure is deteriorating.

Per documents, the city solicited proposals from firms to conduct a structural assessment of the pier and generate a report on the condition of the piles, members, decking and other structural elements. The report will include a summary of the overall condition of the pier, risk factors, recommended repairs for 50-year service life and probable construction costs.

During a previous assessment, visual deterioration was observed and concerns were raised about how to properly maintain the park in the future. The park was completed in 2005 on the site of an old processing plant at 17881 Fjord Drive. It features shoreline access, a small boat launch, a ramp with a floating dock, and a pier with a picnic area featuring views of Liberty Bay.

“It’s a widely popular and beloved community park and provides rare waterfront public beach access,” documents state.

Project kickoff, field assessment and site visit will occur later this month while the field report, assessment report and recommended repairs will happen in mid-September.

The contract with Railstar will move to the consent agenda for the Aug. 9 council meeting.