Improving and Connecting Signature Spaces and Places

  • Paint the CorridorFor a second year, Grays Harbor 2020, NeighborWorks and nearly 400 volunteers representing 26 community teams came together to “paint the corridor” stretching from Aberdeen through Hoquiam. Volunteers prepped and painted, delivered materials, made food, hosted BBQ’s and added another 22 homes to the 30+ previously list of updated exteriors. The third annual Paint the Corridor event is scheduled for July through September 2012.
  • The Grays Harbor COG secured funding for street improvements in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, McCleary and Cosmopolis. The funding allowed Cosmopolis to complete the final stage of downtown corridor enhancements, culminating with a ribbon cutting in November 2011. Enhancements include new lighting, improved drainage, landscaping and other streetscape and sidewalk improvements. These projects have stimulated an additional $2 million in private investment downtown.
  • The City of Hoquiam received a $10,000 grant to create a Downtown Historic Preservation Plan. This plan set the framework for moving forward with a historic district in Hoquiam, including designation and boundaries. A subsequent $10,000 grant was used to create an historic district and comprehensive survey and inventory of each building within the proposed district.
  • Viewing TowerThe Port of Grays Harbor and Westport Mayor Michael Bruce celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Port’s formation with a christening of the new Westport Marina Viewing Tower – adding yet another signature place in Grays Harbor County.
  • Grays Harbor Tourism launched a new initiative to generate additional visits to Grays Harbor. “Win a Beach House for a Year” is a marketing partnership between Grays Harbor Tourism and Seabrook. Contestants have a chance to win a beach house at Seabrook for one full year by visiting various Grays Harbor partner websites, researching their offerings, and answering trivia questions correctly.