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Bridgeway Public Pier - Opportunity for Community Comment
Posted Date: 12/6/2013 3:15 PM
Bridgeway Public Pier—Opportunity for Community Comment

The City is seeking community input on the Bridgeway pier—if it should be rebuilt or not— given the requirements to elevate and provide access to it. If the pier is rebuilt, the City would also like the community to weigh in on design considerations and how the pier should be used. You can comment online (an Open City Hall topic will be released early on in the week of December 9), or at a public meeting on December 12, 2013.

Brief Background:
The City is engaged in a process to rehabilitate a damaged public pier near the Trident Restaurant on Bridgeway to restore public access and fishing opportunities. The pier has been a part of the City as early as 1936 and has been historically used as a fishing pier. The pier was closed to public access in 2001 due to damage caused by the storm of January 11, 2001. Currently, the only remnants of the pier which remain are twenty-one pilings and the pier framing. This year City received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to repair the public pier. A condition of the grant is that the construction be completed by the end of January 2014, but the City is seeking an extension of that deadline, so that construction be completed by the end of April 2014. The pier has been the subject of Planning Commission and City Council meetings in October and November of this year, and the design of the pier has changed as a result of those meetings. See agenda item 6A here for more background information on the pier.

Due to Federal and local code requirements, a rebuilt pier must be elevated 2 to 2-1/2 feet above the Bridgeway sidewalk and access provided to the elevated pier.

How to Provide Input:
· We will be releasing an Open City Hall topic early on in the week of December 9, where there will be updated renderings of the pier, photographs of materials samples and you can take a survey. If you haven’t visited Open City Hall yet, please take a moment to do so and set up an account ( We’ll send out a separate Currents email when the topic for the pier is launched on Open City Hall. Some questions to think about this weekend:
   o What are the benefits of replacing the pier? What are the disadvantages of replacing the pier?
   o Given the constraints that the portion of the pier over the water will need to be elevated by 2 to 2-1/2 feet and accessible, would you like to see the pier rebuilt?
   o Do you think fishing from the pier should be allowed? Do you think that bicycles should be allowed on the pier? Do you think that there should be bicycle parking provided on the pier?
   o If the pier was rebuilt what is your preference for the railing design?
    o If the pier was to be replaced, do you think there should be benches on the pier, and what type of benches do you prefer?
· There will be a public meeting on Thursday, December 12 at 6:00pm (see the event at for more information) to discuss the questions listed above.
· The City Council will discuss the pier at their first meeting in January, 2014. Input submitted on the Open City Hall as well as at the public meeting on 12/12/13 will be forwarded to the Council.