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Decades-Old Ashland Dock Now Has New Life

Updated: July 20, 2019 10:32 PM

After nearly 6 years of planning, the new Bayview Pier is now officially complete. Community members joined city leaders Saturday for the grand opening of the new pier. 

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The new pier replaces the old dock that was first constructed in 1983. After severe wood decay and storm damages, the city decided to replace it. 

The new dock is multi-purpose and can be used for both swimming and fishing. It is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The walkway can be accessed by wheelchairs and strollers. 

Officials also reinstalled the popular diving board to the new pier. 

"The community has loved it since it got in," Sarah Hudson with Ashland's Parks and Recreation Department said. "We have gotten compliments from a lot of people on this project and how it has really brought improvements to our waterfront on this side of town."

The project cost nearly $500,000. The city covered about 10% of the cost and the remaining was covered by grants. 

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