Historic Gig Harbor pier re-opens Dec. 11

The City of Gig Harbor and the Gig Harbor BoatShop invite the public to Eddon Boat Pier Ribbon Cutting on Sat., Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Boat Shop (Eddon Boat) located at 3805 Harborview Drive in historic waterfront Gig Harbor. In 2006, as part of an overall clean up of the former Eddon Boat site, the pier and marine railways were removed with a commitment to reconstruct them once the soils re-mediation actions were complete. In 2009, thanks to a Heritage Grant from the State of Washington, the boat building was restored and has been the focus of on-going shipwright and boat restoration programs sponsored by Gig Harbor Boatshop, the tenant of the building. Last year, a second Heritage Grant was awarded to reconstruct the pier, ramp and float. The pier has been under construction for the past five months. A portion of the new pier will be dedicated to public use for transient moorage of hand-powered watercraft. The ribbon cutting ceremony will include a day full of free activities including tours of the historic boatyard, boat restoration project demonstrations, music and light refreshment. For more information visit http://www.gigharborboatshop.org or call (253) 857-9344.