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Club will build railing for boat launch

DockSNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club is working with the city to improve the Avenue A boat launch at Ferguson Park on Blackman’s Lake.
The club will build railings that will go around the dock on both sides of the “T,” club secretary and treasurer Bob Heirman said. It won’t prevent people from falling off completely, but it will make the dock safer, he said.
“(The dock) is extremely dangerous, and we’re trying to make it better,” Heirman said.
In May an elderly man fell off the dock and couldn’t pull himself back up onto the dock. Others there that day threw him a rope and towed him toward the shoreline until he could touch the bottom.
Public works services manager Mike Johnson said the club has been “adamant” about putting railings on the dock for some time. As long as they meet building code requirements and it is sturdy, the city is fine with allowing the addition, Johnson said.
The club also is funding the installation of a small ladder to be affixed to the side of the dock to assist any one who falls in.
The project is still in the design phase, Johnson said.
The dock at Hill Park on the east side of the lake also will be replaced as part of the city’s capital improvement plan. The new dock is still being constructed in the city’s shop, Johnson said. Depending on how the partnership with the Sportsmen’s Club goes with the Avenue A boat launch, the city is aiming to have the new Hill Park dock installed by late August.
The capital improvement plan to replace the Hill Park dock was lumped together with the Avenue A dock replacement and was initially priced at $35,000 for both docks. Johnson said the dock projects will probably end up costing around $30,000 to $32,000.


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