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State park fishing pier to be dedicated


Three fishermen take advantage of the sun last Saturday afternoon trying their luck off the new pier to be dedicated next Monday. They said crappie had been biting in the morning. - Scott Hunter photo

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced Tuesday the upcoming dedication of a new ADA-accessible fishing pier at Steamboat Rock State Park.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the boat launch area on Banks Lake. The new pier is in a protected inlet just west of the concession stand and swim beach.

The event will celebrate the completion of the 12-year project of the Rotary Club of Grand Coulee Dam, working in collaboration with State Parks and other organizations.

State Parks staff and representatives from the other involved civic groups will be on hand for a ribbon cutting and remarks, a State Parks press release stated.

Parking for the event is in the day-use area near the boat launch. A Discover Pass is required for parking in the day use area and for all other daytime vehicle access to the park.

The new pier provides fishing access to people with disabilities, and representatives from the area organizations say it is the first such accessible pier in North Central Washington.

The Rotary Club set its sights on the project in 2000, working with State Parks to establish a location for the pier and to meet permit and construction requirements to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The $60,000 project received grant support from Rotary District 5060; the Columbia Basin Foundation of Ephrata; the Grand Coulee Lions Club; the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation; and individual donations.

The community also raised money for the project through Rotary Club spaghetti feeds and additionally donated time and materials worth $13,000 to build the concrete base-anchor for the pier.

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