Waterfront association moves into new location

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is stretching out in new office space and gearing up for a busy tourist season.

Previously housed in the chamber’s visitor center, the association moved into a larger space around the corner. The new office is located at 6 N.W. Coveland St., Suite 101. It’s downstairs in the green house next to the Oystercatcher.

CHWA Executive Director Vickie Chambers said the new space allows the association more space for storage and meetings and also allows for a bit more privacy.

“We were able to consolidate our offsite storage,” she said. “And now we have a conference room.”

“It’s working out great.”

Chambers will have standing office hours at the new location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but she’s also available by phone other days.

The association is working on a number of projects including the installation of a whale bell at the Coupeville Wharf. The first official ringing will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

A parking campaign is also being launched on June 1. The association is encouraging employees in downtown businesses to park on the Community Green.

“The intention is to create more parking for our visitors,” Chambers said. “It’s important that we as a community make all available parking down here available — it starts with us.”

Flyers are being handed out and employees are being encouraged to put them in their dashboards. The Association will be keeping track of who has been parking in the Green and enter them in a raffle. Each month they have an opportunity to win $50.

And several of the businesses have stepped up and said if one of their employees wins, they’ll match that $50 as further incentive, Chambers said.

The association is also currently seeking applications for “facelift” grants. Building owners in the historic catchment district can apply for matching funds for improvement projects such as painting, repairing rotting windowsills and other exterior needs.

Applications are due by Monday, June 12.

“We were able to issue grant money to everyone who applied last year,” Chambers said.