September 26, 2003
Public can help design facilities at Point No Point
OLYMPIA - People concerned about the future of the boat launch and resort at Point No Point can help shape renovation plans for those facilities at two meetings hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Hansville community.
Both meetings are scheduled Oct. 9 at the Hansville Community Center at Buck Lake Park on the northern end of the Kitsap Peninsula. The first will run from 1:30-4:30 p.m., the second from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Two days later, a design consultant under contract with WDFW will present a draft plan for the Point No Point complex, based on comments received at the two earlier meetings. An open house to review that plan is scheduled at the Hansville Community Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 11.
Sue Patnude, WDFW regional director, said the quick-step planning process - known as a "charette" - is designed to make sure ideas received from the public are incorporated into the preliminary plan for renovating the Point No Point complex.
"This whole renovation plan was driven by the public, and we want to make sure it fills the bill," Patnude said. "We're still in the early stages of this project, but we want to start with a plan that reflects public preferences."
Built in the 1920s, the existing boat launch owned by WDFW at Point No Point was closed in January 2002 due to safety concerns. WDFW also owns the adjoining 3.4-acre resort, which includes several buildings in a state of disrepair.
Comments received at public meetings and through questionnaires distributed by WDFW over the past year strongly suggest that people want to see both the boat launch and the adjoining resort restored, Patnude said.
"But there is still a wide range of opinion about how extensive renovations to the resort should be," she said. "At these upcoming meetings, we need to get specific and talk about the facilities - the cabins, the boat house, the laundry room - and what the trade-offs are."
Patnude said WDFW plans to seek state and federal grants funding to renovate the boat launch once an initial design is completed early next year. The department currently estimates the cost of that project at between $1.3 million to $1.5 million.
But funding to renovate the resort area will have to come from other sources, said Patnude, noting that many in the Hansville community have expressed a willingness to help pay for improvements to the property themselves.
"Obviously, the cost of renovating the resort will depend in large part on the results of the public planning process," Patnude said. "The most ambitious the plan, the more costly those renovations will be."
Patnude said WDFW hopes to put the boat launch back in operation within three to five years, although the timing will depend largely on the department's success in securing the necessary funding
"This project is a major priority for WDFW, because a lot of people depend on that launch," Patnude said. "We encourage anyone with ideas about how to design the new facility to attend the upcoming meeting."
Anyone with questions about the Oct. 9 planning meeting should call Celia Roberts at the WDFW Region 6 office in Montesano. Her number is (360) 249-2468, ext. 242.
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