The Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation have been engaged in Point Hudson for over 40 years. We care about this place, this community, and while we are mostly known for our programs and events, a big part of our story is that we were created to preserve waterfront for the public. A five-story hotel with a private beach had been designed and was in process for where our campus now stands, but the community rallied to keep this space public.
Point Hudson is going to require a lot of energy and funds that the Port of Port Townsend doesn’t have right now, so they are looking for partners. We like the idea of a local partner rather than an entity from out of town. We like the idea of a non-profit stewarding Point Hudson’s culture and history rather than a corporation looking to maximize profit. The NWMC is both local and a non-profit, and we’re pretty darned excited about the benefits Point Hudson could bring to the entire community.