The Parks & Recreation Department is preparing for the winter season by temporarily removing one string of floating docks at the Ediz Hook Boat Launch. This follows the removal of a natural seawall barrier which previously protected the docks from winter storms.
The single string of docks was removed in good-faith effort on Thursday, October 19th. They will be safely stored and deployed as needed to ensure uninterrupted access to the boat launch facility. The stored docks will serve as a replacement for the string left installed this winter, should it become damaged.
In January 2023, mitigation work took place to accommodate the Navy Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) pier and dock. As part of this work, which was required by State and Federal agencies, a large portion of land was removed from the area. Unfortunately, this land had acted as a natural barrier, protecting the Ediz Hook Boat Launch floats from debris, waves and wind.
The City is actively assessing short and long-term solutions to address the issue and better protect our waterfront facilities. Unfortunately, dock replacement has become an added challenge. Plans to replace damaged portions of the floating dock were interrupted after discovering the manufacturer no longer supports our existing inventory. The City cannot, in good conscience, pursue the purchase of entirely new docks until a solution to protect them has been implemented.
The Parks & Recreation Department remains dedicated to providing safe, recreational spaces for our residents and visitors. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding and support as we prepare for the season ahead.
For additional information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 417-4550 or email email@example.com.
The eastern string of docks has been temporarily removed. The westernmost docks remain installed and available for use.