City looking at 2 sites for new boat launch
SNOHOMISH - The city has narrowed down the search for a new boat launch down to two sites along the Snohomish River.
The current boat launch at Cady Park has fallen into disrepair and doesn’t have adequate parking. The boat launch is the city’s only access point to the river. The state has given $500,000 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve the launch. This may involve moving the launch to another site entirely.
After a discussion at last week’s City Council meeting, staff was directed to explore the following two options: rebuilding the boat launch at Cady Park or building a new launch on Snohomish County’s Riffle property on the south side of the river just downstream from the proposed wildlife refuge site.
Two other sites considered but eliminated were Stocker Fields on Lincoln Avenue and the city’s shop site on the west end of First Street.
City Manager Larry Bauman said the county property is “getting the most attention” within the planning process. Once a site is selected, the city will have a better understanding of when construction could begin, Bauman said.
One boater posted on an online local fishing forum that the current launch is “steep, the slabs are broken most of the time.”
Cady Park, located at the foot of Maple Avenue, creates traffic and parking problems for the city.
Access to the Snohomish River is important to residents’ quality of life, Mayor Karen Guzak said.
“While we have an existing boat launch at Cady Park, it is deteriorating and no longer serving the needs of the many boaters and fisherman who come to our city and use the river,” Guzak said.
Fishing and boating opportunities are also good for Snohomish’s economy.
The launch “draw(s) visitors to town, bringing economic activity to the city through sales of fishing supplies, merchandise, and food purchases,” according to city documents.
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