A group of bikers stop for a break by Rotary Park’s boat launch on Monday in Everett. The popular boat launch and park along the Snohomish River is set to get a $400,000 makeover. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A group of bikers stop for a break by Rotary Park’s boat launch on Monday in Everett. The popular boat launch and park along the Snohomish River is set to get a $400,000 makeover. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett’s Rotary Park boat launch, parking set for renovations

The popular Snohomish River boat ramp will get new boarding floats, asphalt and lighting.

EVERETT — A popular boat launch and park along the Snohomish River is set to get a $400,000 makeover next year.

Rotary Park’s boarding floats, parking lot and lighting are in need of repair, the city said in a project document. Originally built in 1990, the 11.3-acre space in Everett’s Lowell neighborhood includes a trail, playground and the boat ramp.

The city council approved a $70,000 contract with Reid Middleton Inc., an Everett-based engineering firm, Dec. 4. The deal includes design work for asphalt repairs, restriping and sealcoating the parking area, installing new LED lights and replacing existing concrete floats used for boarding and launching boats with high-density polyethylene floats.

The tentative timeline has construction beginning in December 2020 and construction completed by March 2021, Everett Assistant Director of Parks & Community Services Bob Leonard wrote in an email. One reason the work would wait until December is for the fishing season to conclude, he said.

So far this year Everett has collected $4,244 for parking and boat ramp fees, which equals 506 launches, city spokesman Julio Cortes said. Use of the boat launch and parking lot typically costs $10.

The project is being paid for with a $300,000 grant from Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office and $100,000 from the city.

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037. Twitter: @benwatanabe.

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