The new gazebo at the Western Waterfront.
If you have been visiting the Western Waterfront over the past months you have seen a lot of activity going on. The site is slowly evolving before the public's eyes. The DEC offered this brief rundown of some of the activity residents might start seeing at the Jacobson's Shipyard venue:
"Current work on the north side of West End Avenue is nearing completion and includes landscaping, walks, shelter, creation of a tidal wetland, signage, and a new small pier for launching of kayaks, canoes, and crew teams.
"The replacement of Buildings I & J has begun, with the pre-engineered "J" building components expected to arrive some time late in July.
"The DEC Boat Ramp contract is awaiting signing by the NY State Comptroller's office. Work should start later this summer. Completion date is expected to be next spring."
Currently there is a wide concrete road leading from West End Avenue to the Jacobson fishing pier. There are some paths made of oyster shells meandering across the field. A gazebo showed up around June 13, and appears to be the "shelter" the DEC mentioned.
The tidal wetland coming out of the Mill Pond Creek where the estuary waters join the bay shows some grass is growing. There are pilings set into the harbor bottom in the area, which is the beginning of the pier/bridge for viewing the wetlands.
Although the site was to have had a Marine Education Center built there, it is not part of the current work being done.