DNR Receives $1.5 Million for Annapolis City Dock Renovations
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to assist the City of Annapolis with its planned renovation of City Dock. The award, a Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG), is the largest of its kind Maryland has ever received, and the maximum allowed under the program.
“City Dock is our town’s crown jewel, and its economic revitalization is a top priority,” said Annapolis City Mayor Josh Cohen. “The work to stabilize and rebuild the bulkhead is necessary but expensive, and this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant will help offset those costs substantially. I am grateful to Harbormaster Flip Walters and Planning and Zoning staff who wrote the grant and enabled the City to successfully compete for these vital dollars. I also thank DNR’s Boating Services Division for supporting the City’s grant request.”
Annapolis will use the money to help rebuild the 700 feet of existing deteriorating bulkhead. This will provide docking space equivalent to 18 transient boat slips, and 80 feet of dingy dock, which serves 76 existing moorings. The City will also replace the utilities services, such as power and water, for these slips.
“Annapolis provides unsurpassed recreational boating in the United States. DNR is very excited to work with both the City and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to help ensure that citizens and visitors alike continue to enjoy all that Annapolis has to offer for many years to come,” said Mark O’Malley, director of DNR Boating Services.
The Annapolis City Dock project includes parts that are not eligible for federal funding. The total projected cost of BIG-eligible components is approximately $4.2 million. Of that, the City will provide $2.7 million. The State is not providing any funding for the project. DNR received $600,000 in federal FY 2005 BIG funds that it used to replace the bulkhead, slips and utilities in a different section of City Dock.
For more information about the federal BIG program, contact 410-260-8452. For more on the Annapolis City Dock project, contact Annapolis Harbormaster Flip Walters at 410-263-7973.