Mayor Jill Guernsey hosted State Representatives Michelle Caldier and Jesse Young on Saturday as they toured the Ancich Park and Netshed property in downtown Gig Harbor.
City Council member Ken Malich, Downtown Waterfront Alliance President Pat Schmidt and City Administrator Ron Williams joined the representatives for the tour.
The hosts wanted to illustrate the imminent need for improvements to the Ancich Netshed and adjoining pier. The city has two Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Grant funding requests, in the amount of $661,652, currently making their way through the legislative process. The state House of Representatives is considering funding both grants. Representatives Caldier and Young expressed their support and are assisting the city to get both measures backed by the House.
The entire structure is at risk of collapse due to rotting deck boards and unstable bracing. Funding would provide the immediate attention needed for repairs to the endangered condition of the netshed and pier.
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The Ancich Netshed is one of the few remaining original netsheds in the harbor. Except for the remaining commercial fishing boats within the harbor, netsheds are the only surviving architectural connection between the community and what was once one of the most successful fishing fleets on the West Coast. Several community groups describe the restoration of this property, netshed and pier as a potential major enhancement to the downtown core.
To help in this effort, the public can express their support for the funding by contacting Rep. Caldier at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rep. Jesse Young at email@example.com. For more information on the Ancich Park and Netshed, visit cityofgigharbor.net/ancich-park.