Grays Harbor Vision 2020 is inviting the public to attend the SR 109 Hidden Coast Scenic Byway Celebration, Tuesday May 10, 2016, at Seabrook from 5-7 p.m. with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is planned to take place outside the new Frontager’s Pizza restaurant on the corner of Meriweather Street and Seabrook Avenue. Plan to visit other Seabrook Merchants prior to 5 p.m.
The event will celebrate the upcoming installation of 10 Hidden Coast Scenic Byway signs along State Route 109 from Hoquiam to Taholah. Grays Harbor Vision 2020 would like to recognize the participants and sponsors of the project and celebrate the achievement with the local community and merchants at Seabrook.
These signs are part of the original Hidden Coast Scenic Byway Corridor Plan, which was completed by The Grays Harbor Council of Governments in June 2011.
The byway planning process was supported by volunteer committee members from Hoquiam to the Quinault Indian Nation and all of the communities in between. Unfortunately, shortly after the completion of the plan the National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grant Program ceased to exist making financial support for this type of activity non-existent.
Last year, Grays Harbor Vision 2020 agreed to adopt the SR 109 Hidden Coast Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan and Signage Project as part of their ongoing vision and action plan taking the lead to implement Phase 1 of the 3 Phase Corridor Plan.
This will be an important first step to enrich opportunities for Eco-Tourism, provide signs and visually compelling gateway structures to assist travelers to the byway, and improve the quality and delivery of visitor information.
Vicki Cummings, Executive Director for the Grays Harbor Council of Governments said, “The members of the Grays Harbor Council of Governments are overjoyed to see Grays Harbor 2020 turn their attention to the SR 109 Hidden Coast Scenic Byway Corridor. Signage implementation will be very beneficial in unifying the communities along the corridor. It is also a great tool to facilitate recreational travel and tourism. We are thrilled that Vision 2020 is working to bring the SR 109 Hidden Coast Scenic Byway signage to life.”
The Hidden Coast Scenic Byway signage project was made possible by the Quinault Indian Nation, Seabrook Community Foundation and Timberland Bank grant programs, the Grays Harbor Council of Governments and Grays Harbor 2020.