Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Ohio DNR Approves $1.4 M for Put-in-Bay Dock Transformation

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved a Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) of $1,430,885.50 for the renovation of DeRivera Park B Dock, situated in the heart of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. The transformative project aims to modernize and enhance one of the most popular destinations on Lake Erie, providing a state-of-the-art facility for boaters from Western Lake Erie and beyond.

"This project is a vital step in revitalizing DeRivera Park B Dock and ensuring it remains a cornerstone for boaters visiting Put-in-Bay,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We are committed to creating a facility that not only meets the highest safety standards but also provides a welcoming and accessible environment for boaters exploring the Great Lakes.”

The project's objectives include the construction of 1,100 linear feet of new fixed docks capable of accommodating up to 75 vessels. Additionally, marina improvements will be designed and implemented to cater to boats over 26 feet in length. This change will offer utilities and flexible mooring. The overarching goal is to create a safe harbor, support educational activities, and achieve Ohio Clean Marina standards which promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The anticipated results and benefits of this comprehensive renovation project are numerous. It will lead to the creation of a fully renovated state-of-the-art docking facility, reinforcing Put-in-Bay's reputation as a premier destination on the Great Lakes. The marina and its surrounding promenade will seamlessly connect to existing sections of the adjacent waterfront trail network, providing boaters with easy access to natural and cultural attractions.

The project is expected to contribute to an increase in tourism, supporting the economic recovery of the region. The renovated slips will also play a crucial role in accommodating boater-oriented events, providing a venue for large regional club gatherings and regattas that regularly visit Put-in-Bay.

The total project cost is estimated at $2,861,771.00, with ODNR awarding $1,430,885.50 through a grant funded by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. DeRivera Park will provide a match of $1,430,885.50 through various public, private, and professional partnerships.

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