The City of Gridley's Boat Ramp has been closed since July for construction of a new and improved boat launching facility.
A tour of the construction on Wednesday proved that the facility will be a much nicer location with bathrooms, a picnic area, paved parking, a floating dock and a fish cleaning station.
A concrete pad has been poured which will be pushed into the water with a bulldozer on metal rails so that it is available for launching boats.
The City received a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways for the demolition of the existing boat ramp and construction of a new one-lane concrete v-grooved boat launching ramp; installation of a floating dock system; construction of a new parking area; construction of a two-unit flush restroom with a sewer lift station; installation of a new fish-cleaning station; installation of rock slope protection; installation of drainage facilities; installation of electrical and lighting for the restroom and parking area and security access for the site and installation of a project credit sign.
Construction could only be done at this time of year which caused some frustration for area fishermen (and ladies) during salmon season.
Key holders will be issued proximity cards to operate the new automated security access gate, once the construction is completed which is scheduled for the second week of October.
The fee is $25 per year with a reduced price of $10 per year after that.
Work is on schedule and will definitely be worth the wait.