Crews will replace Samish Park docks, access restricted through October

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 6, 2013 

Samish Park may be closed or restricted through Oct. 15 while crews replace two old, wooden docks.

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation started removal and replacement of the docks Monday, Sept. 2. Visitors should steer clear of any heavy equipment and the active construction zone over the next few weeks.

The Whatcom County Council approved the funds to replace the fishing platform and boat dock last year, allocating money from taxes on real estate sales. The project will cost $195,000, said Rod Lamb, county parks design and development supervisor.

The structures have been in place since the county opened the park on the north side of Lake Samish in 1968. They contain foam chunks that could leak toxins into the water if broken, so crews will surround the area with a boom to contain any possible contaminants, Lamb said.

"The new docks are made of aluminum with a fiberglass grating surface that will allow light penetration," he said.

Crews hope to finish the project earlier than the October deadline, Lamb said.

Boat rentals are scheduled to reopen in May 2014.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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