Port eyes gazebo plan for marina

KINGSTON — While the Port of Kingston commissioners’ latest idea to improve their property is still in its early stages, the concept is something the board thinks will be welcomed with open arms.

What they want to know now is if they are correct in their assumption.

The board is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct a gazebo on the port’s shoreline, to the right of the ramps leading to the ferries and port’s guest docks. Conceptual drawings show a six-sided, 820-square-foot wooden structure, similar to Kvelstad Pavilion in Poulsbo, but with the addition of a lower deck. This deck would also have access to a new dock that would be for non-motorized vessels only, such as dinghies and kayaks.

Commission Chair Pete DeBoer said adding a place to dock or launch kayaks within in the port would enhance the sport in the area. He also believes once the South Kingston Road culvert is replaced with a bridge, “the Kingston slough area will become a really desirable place to go kayaking,” he said.

DeBoer suggested installing roll-down shades along the perimeter of the facility to protect a group in the gazebo from rain or to seclude private parties.

“Adaptability has to be studied,” he added, noting that whether the facility can be handicap accessible or not will make or break the deal.

Based on the current conceptual drawings, the commissioners would like to see the pitch of the roof decreased by one-half or one-third and a sound system installed.

“I think it has a lot of potential,” said Commissioner Tom Coultas.

There is no price tag on the project yet, however, it could get expensive as they will have to install pilings for the foundation of the structure and go through a shoreline permitting process. The port hopes to acquire grant money through the state’s Office of The Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation to offset project costs.

The primary use would be for music, such as the weekly entertainment at the Kingston Farmers’ Market, during the Fourth of July Fireworks and for Tunes on Tuesday bands.

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” DeBoer said, noting it will take awhile to get everything in order. “I would like to see it there next summer.”

Residents can review the conceptual schematics at the port office in downtown Kingston. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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