Hoquiam breaks ground on waterfront park

Work is underway at the new waterfront city park in Hoquiam. Mayor Ben Winkelman says it’s exciting to “see all of the hard work coming together on a park in a place where many citizens already enjoy the view.” The Adams Street Waterfront Park is located on a vacant piece of city property at the intersection of Adams street on the 5th Street Extension, with a sweeping view of the inner harbor. Plans are posted on the city’s website.

Speaking of former mayor Jasmine Dickhoff, Winkelman added, “Our prior mayor did well to start this process and get things put in place. I am looking forward to finishing the project and setting the stage for future development at that site.”

The former business site along 5th street has been paved for years, and was well known as a nice quiet place to park with a view of the harbor. The pavement was removed this week to make way for renovations that include new pavement and parking areas, access to the waterfront beach, landscaping, and utility improvements. Additional plans include RV street parking, and site preparations for a future picnic area, restroom and observation tower should additional funding become available.

Winkelman added, “I think we will be asking our historic preservation committee to suggest a few park names for consideration.”

City Administrator Brian Shay said in a press release that funding for the project includes a $156,500 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, $30,000 from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and a donation from the Hoquiam Lion’s Club. The total cost is estimated at $313,000 and the City is still hoping to receive additional private funding.

Individuals or businesses who would like to make a financial contribution to this project are encouraged to contact City Administrator Brian Shay at bshay@cityofhoquiam.com or 360-538-3983.

DAVE HAVILAND | THE DAILY WORLD Ground has been broken at the new waterfront park in Hoquiam.
DAVE HAVILAND | THE DAILY WORLD Project plans for the new waterfront park in Hoquiam.