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Gig Harbor

 

Address:

4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW
Gig Harbor
Washington 98335

 

Description:

History

The official incorporation of Gig Harbor took place on July 12, 1946. Its economy was dominated by logging, commercial fishing and boat building until the first construction of Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940. In the past, the primary mode of transportation of neighboring Tacoma and Gig Harbor was steamship. Steamships began traveling the Puget Sound waters and rapidly grew into what was ultimately called ‘The Mosquito Fleet’. Inaccessible from Seattle and Tacoma via the Tacoma Narrows and Puget Sound, Gig Harbor could not be accessed by horseback or vehicle except by way of an extremely lengthy and difficult journey south around Hammersly Inlet and Puget Sound. Sadly, it did not last long, since the first bridge collapsed a few months after it was erected. WWII’s resource demands stopped another bridge from being constructed until 1950. Between the collapse of the first bridge and the completion of the second one, a state-operated ferry service transported drivers straight into Gig Harbor’s city center. The ferry dock’s remnants can be seen up to this day just outside the harbor’s mouth at Harborview Drive’s southeast end. The area was transformed into a miniature park where people can observe a panoramic view of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and Pt. Defiance.

Area and Climate

Gig Harbor is the name of a town on the coast of Puget Sound in Pierce County, WA, as well as an inlet on Puget Sound. Gig Harbor is among the numerous cities that claim to be Olympic Peninsula’s gateway. Because of its close proximity to historic waterfront, fine restaurants and boutiques and many city and state parks, the town has become a favorite destination of tourists. Gig Harbor is situated along U.S. Route 16, approximately 6 miles from its starting point at I-5.

Gig Harbor experiences moderate weather, with mild summer, rainy spring and fall and winter, often with occasional snowfall and freezing temperature.

Real Estate and Cost of Living

The estimated average value of houses or condominiums in Gig Harbor as of 2011 is $388,711 (in 2000, it was $194,200). In 2011, the average prices of mobile houses: $49,184; occupied vans, RVs, boats, etc.: $170,788; 3- or 4-unit buildings: $205,802; attached units and townhomes: $411,311; 2-unit buildings: $438,191; all residential units: $488,559; 5 and up unit buildings: $525,317; and detached homes: $555,406.

In Gig Harbor, the cost of living index as of March 2012 is 111, which is above average, as U.S. median is 100.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Jerisich Park, merged with neighboring Skansie Brothers Park, is a sprawling waterfront area with a roofed pavilion where community events are held, as well as decks, benches, and grass. The Fisherman Memorial is also located there. This huge bronze statue, portraying a fisherman carrying his catch, was commissioned to commemorate fishermen of Gig Harbor, with special appreciation to those who perished at sea. Both parks usually host events and fairs that range from Blessing of the Fleet and the yearly holiday tree lighting ceremony to art festivals and musical concerts. In addition, there is moorage dock for public use, where boaters can stop over for a limited time with no fee.

Crescent Creek Park or Gig Harbor City Park provides various activities, and is particularly geared towards bigger families and groups. A kids’ play area boasts infant swings and equipment to play and climb on. It also provides a baseball diamond (located in the park’s upper area), 2 sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and a basketball court. Adjacent to the park is a stream that features education signs on how to conserve it. The park’s lower area has a field where a recreation site for casual sports and games and picnic benches is located. There is also a huge wooded picnic shelter with wood stoves and fresh water. Gig Harbor City Park is a favorite destination during the summer season for picnics, group get-togethers and family reunions.

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