Posted by Amanda Stonely August 8, 2011 10:03 AM
The city purchased the gangway and float from North Shore Marine, of Salem, which also did the installation. The $47,000 cost of the project was covered through the city's capital improvement program. Salem had been without a public float and gangway at Salem Willows since the previous ones were destroyed by a storm about six years ago that also damaged parts of the pier, according to Douglas Bollen, the city's Park, Recreation, and Community Services director.
The pier was repaired not long after the storm and again following a subsequent one several years ago. The new float and gangway will allow boaters to drop off visitors at the park, which is located at the end of Fort Avenue.
"It's just something we've wanted to add to the Willows to make it more accessible to boaters," Bollen said. "The Willows is one of the top attractions in the city." The new gangway and public float have been available for use since early July.