Whatcom County Parks & Recreation has been awarded a grant of $240,000 from the Boating Facilities Program. The grant will be used to renovate the aging boat launch at Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts.
The grant, awarded by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, will be used to install a new dock and fishing platform, replace the wooden pilings with steel pilings, restore the concrete ramp and make other upland improvements to the Point Roberts facility. The renovation project started in 2012. Preliminary engineering has been completed and regulatory permit applications have been submitted. Pile driving is scheduled for September 2014 and the docks should be on site and installed in June of 2015.
Lighthouse Marine Park is a main access point to the Strait of Georgia, and offers the only public boat launch on the point. The Point Roberts community has grown to more than 2,000 full time residents and businesses that increasingly rely on the tourism afforded by the park and its boat launch. When completed, the boat launch will improve safety and access for everyone, including people with disabilities, and will contain environmentally sound construction materials.