Currie Park Fishing Pier and Boat Ramp Improvements

When:     Monday, March 19, 2012 City Commission meeting
Where:      Currie Park, 2300 block Flagler Drive
Contact:    Christine Thrower, Parks and Recreation Director, 561-644-0623

Faced with a reduced capital budget and dwindling resources, the City of West Palm Beach is hoping the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.) can help improve one of the few park sites with access to fishing in West Palm Beach.
On Monday, the city commission will be asked to approve a grant application to FIND that will provide a 50 percent reduction in the city’s cost to replace the fishing piers. Preliminary cost estimates have the replacement of the decking on the three fishing piers, new dock construction and dredging of the boat ramps at more than $1 million. FIND welcomes grant applications that will improve access to the Lake Worth lagoon but requires the applicant to contribute 50 percent of the construction cost.
The three fishing piers were closed to the public last year when it was determined they had reached the end of their useful life and the decking needed to be replaced. The plan calls for replacing the decks and rails with ipe wood – a dense wood that weathers well and lasts years longer than traditional wood decking. The city uses ipe on its waterfront docks and nature trails in city parks.
The second scope of the project calls for dredging the boat ramps to allow boaters to have easier access to the only public boat ramps in West Palm Beach. A transitional dock is proposed to be installed off the seawall on the north side of the boat ramps to allow boaters to temporarily tie up their boats while parking their boat trailers.
“These enhancements will return fishing access to our residents and make use of the Currie park boat ramps that much safer for boaters,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This grant will allow the city to get the greatest return on our capital investment while restoring access to this waterfront treasure in one of our northern neighborhoods.”