Percival Landing on Olympia’s downtown waterfront would cost millions of dollars to repair, but the city is trying to scrape up enough money for basic maintenance.
City parks staff updated the Olympia City Council about the aging park’s condition — and expected costs for repairs — at a study session Jan. 13.
Last July, the city hired consultant BergerABAM to conduct an assessment at Percival Landing. The consultant focused on the boardwalk and two floating docks, known as D-Float and E-Float.
Total costs for all repairs to the boardwalk, and to replace the two docks, would be about $6.9 million, according to the city. The costs include about $2.4 million in repairs to bulkheads (protective waterfront barriers) as well as $676,143 for further repairs in five years, the city reports. The consultant noted that the bulkheads, near the Les Schwab tire shop, are at risk of failing if a major seismic event struck the area.
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For now, the staff is asking the council to allocate $350,000 for immediate repairs for things such as rotting wood in order to keep the boardwalk and docks open.
“It buys us some time,” Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said of the proposed immediate repairs as the city tries to secure more funding. “Percival Landing is critical to the city of Olympia’s identity and forms a critical connection for South Sound recreation.”
Parks Director Paul Simmons said staff conducts annual walk-through assessments of Percival Landing’s condition. Comprehensive assessments of the park are done every five years, with the last one completed in 2009.
Percival Landing was built between 1978 and 1988 on the east side of Budd Inlet. In 2011, the city completed the first phase of reconstruction for about $15 million. That phase replaced a section of the boardwalk and added the Harbor House and two pavilions. The money was culled from city savings, utility taxes, and state and federal grants.
Last week, City Manager Steve Hall presented the council with suggestions for funding requests from the state Legislature. The list included $2.7 million for Percival Landing repairs and roadway stabilization. Other requests to the Legislature this year include $2 million for soil cleanup on the downtown isthmus properties and an as-yet undetermined amount to repair a trail along Olympia Avenue and Marine Drive.
The council will consider the funding requests on its consent calendar Jan. 20.