Westport boat launch, other Port facilities closed to recreational use

  • Wed Mar 25th, 2020 3:20pm
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The Port of Grays Harbor closed some of its recreational facilities — including the Westport boat launch and Friends Landing campground — Wednesday to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Port announced.

The Westport launch is restricted to essential use only, no recreational access, until further notice. Access to the Westport Marina docks is limited to essential activities, and use of public facilities including the viewing tower, viewing platform and fishermen’s boardwalk is discouraged.

All reservations for recreational boating at the marina through April 8 are canceled. After April 8 future reservations will be evaluated, and advanced reservations for the summer fishing season have been postponed until May 1. Current tenants at the marina may continue to use the Float 9 restrooms — which are cleaned twice daily — and showers “at their own risk,” according to the Port. Portable toilets remain open to the public, again at their own risk.

The Westport Marina office, located at 326 Lamb St. in Westport, is closed to the public, but staff continues to perform critical business on and off site, and remains available via email — marina@portgrays.org — and phone, 360-532-9562.

Friends Landing closed to camping Wednesday and current campers were asked to leave by 5 p.m. Refunds or credits will be issued for existing reservations through April 30. Friends Landing’s playground, picnic shelters, and public restrooms facilities will also be closed temporarily.

Friends Landing will remain open for day-use; however, park users are strongly urged to maintain social distancing and avoid gathering in groups. Reservations for future camping stays beginning May 1 can be taken over the phone at 360-861-8864 or online at www.friendslanding.org. Questions or correspondence may be emailed to friendslanding@portgrays.org.

The restroom at 28th Street Boat Launch and viewing tower will be closed. While the boat launch and viewing tower remain open at this time, users are asked to practice social distancing and refrain from gathering in groups.

The Port’s main office is closed through April 8, though staff will continue working remotely where possible. Following all U.S. Coast Guard protocols for vessels and crew, the Port’s four deep-water marine terminals and the docks at the Westport Marina remain operational as they are considered critical to the nation’s supply chain and economy.

Currently, the Port is exploring options to hold its April 14 Commission meeting remotely. More information on how to participate and the agenda will be made available on the Port’s website, www.portofgraysharbor.com, in the coming weeks.

“The Port of Grays Harbor is committed to doing our part to keep our community, our customers and our staff safe,” explained Executive Director Gary Nelson. “We appreciate your patience and understanding while we do our best to continue to provide essential functions and customer service during this time.”