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This waterfront trail and park will be named for Nisqually activist Billy Frank Jr.

This park at the north end of the port peninsula will be named for Billy Frank Jr.
This park at the north end of the port peninsula will be named for Billy Frank Jr. Port of Olympia

The Port of Olympia commission has unanimously approved a waterfront project that will name a trail and park for Billy Frank Jr., the legendary Nisqually tribal activist who died in 2014.

The project is expected to begin with a dedication ceremony March 9, Frank’s birthday. Once complete, a trail that runs along East Bay, as well as a park at the north end of the port peninsula, will be named for him, port spokeswoman Jennie Foglia-Jones said.

The trail and park also will be home to three information kiosks and other signs. The kiosks will provide information about Frank, the Squaxin Island tribe and the importance of salmon to the area. Other signs will explain the native plants along the route.

The estimated cost of the project is $80,000. A group called Salmon Defense will spend $10,000, the port $25,000 and the rest will be covered by the Squaxins, Foglia-Jones said.

For 2018, the port increased its property tax levy by 3 cents per $1,000 by using banked capacity. That has allowed the port to fund special projects, such as the Frank waterfront project, she said.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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