For nearly 30 years, La Conner residents and guests alike have dreamed of a way to enjoy more of the waterside ambiance of our Swinomish Channel. To not only sit along the channel at specific spots, or dine on restaurant decks … but to really be able to enjoy the channel by walking along it.
There are several phases, and each phase will have accompanying costs (expected to add up to approximately $4 million … which means lots of money has to be raised, found, budgeted, etc.) … but we’ve started on Phase I and it’s going to be very cool.
The initial phase will run from Gilkey Square (our ‘town square’) south to the Benton Street public access.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held, with accompanying hearty “Thank You’s” to many folks who have worked tirelessly to see the boardwalk project finally get off the ground. The Town of La Conner, the Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Skagit, the Skagit Council of Governments and state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen were all instrumental in getting Phase I funded and approved.
Ultimately, the boardwalk will run north and south along the channel, and eventually include a pavilion, observation deck, picnic area with outdoor cooking facilities, and a drop-off spot for charter buss access at the north end of 1st Street near the La Conner Marina.
Construction will start soon (Fall, 2012), with a projected completion date of late Spring 2013.
We’ll see you on ‘The Boardwalk’!
From the Town of La Conner’s website, here are several links that provide the conceptual designs: