The Vision

Time and again our community has spoken: we’ve brainstormed at numerous meetings, given voice to our values, and created plans for a more compelling Point Hudson. Together, we want Point Hudson to be human scale, authentic, and an engaging place for residents and visitors alike. We like to imagine Point Hudson as a better version of its current self, a place that finally fulfills its potential as an essential part of the Port Townsend downtown experience. The mission of Point Hudson is, and should be, to connect people to the water and our community’s history, values, and vibrancy.

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We envision a Point Hudson that possesses these 9 main characteristics:

1. Accessible for All.

A waterfront that is fully accessible to residents and visitors alike. We see it as Port Townsend’s premier beach front: an easy walk from downtown, connected to Water Street via improved pathways and roads, boardwalks, landscaping, designated picnic areas, access to designated onsite/additional offsite parking, and accessible restroom facilities to accommodate a significant increase in utilization.

2. A Happening Place.

A vibrant, active place, with activities and opportunities meeting many interests and showcasing the diverse qualities of Jefferson County. Point Hudson will be seen as a destination for walkers and bikers, birders and nature lovers, kayakers and boat lovers, picnickers and sunbathers, toddlers and history buffs—Port Townsend’s premier waterfront spot for meeting a friend, chowing down a paper bag lunch, or simply hanging out.

3. A Place for Boaters.

A marina that attracts year-round recreational boaters, connecting them to our community and world-class marine trades. Regionally, Point Hudson is perhaps best known as a marina. Situated halfway between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, it’s is a natural stopping-off place for folks looking to savor our community’s natural beauty, and the unique shopping and dining experiences that come with it. Our vision is to find ways to make Point Hudson the premier destination on the Salish Sea by providing a world-class experience both through marina amenities and how we connect visitors with the recreational and marine service resources of Port Townsend.

4. Marine Trades and Small Business Incubator.

An authentic working campus, not a theme park. It’s safe to say that no one wants to see Point Hudson become a tourist trap. Part of what makes it authentic are the marine businesses that call it home. As buildings become refurbished, we should explore ways to incubate new mom-and-pop marine trades businesses, all while making existing business more accessible and visible to the public and visiting boaters.

5. An Educational Campus.

An educational campus, providing a variety of opportunities to connect visitors with our natural and marine environment, history, and maritime heritage. When Point Hudson as a whole is seen as an integrated campus, many educational opportunities become possible, utilizing the marina, various other buildings and businesses, and the beach itself. At its best it can be an engaging and free outdoor museum where our community’s history—its rich past and vibrant present—is fully expressed.

6. An (In)formal Events Venue.

An events venue with year-round opportunities, capitalizing on what we’ve learned from 40-plus years of producing the Wooden Boat Festival. On a larger scale, we envision Point Hudson as an expanded events venue, where hardscaping, improved electrical and wireless infrastructure, and perhaps a new building or two make it easier to attract events that utilize the campus as a whole. It could support outdoor theater, music and dance events, and food-oriented fairs, while providing additional space for some of the existing Port Townsend festivals.

7. Dining at Point Hudson.

A gathering place for socializing and dining, within settings that reflect the aesthetics of Point Hudson, and food choices that showcase local and regional resources. If it’s to be seen as a must-visit destination, there would be places that are affordable and accessible to people of all income levels, ranging from sit-down restaurants to quick take-out stands. We envision a growing number of dining venues within zoning that feature the unique resources of our community and region, a rich cornucopia of local produce, meat, seafood, and spirits.

8. RV Needs Balanced with Public Access.

A recreational space that supports the expectations of campers and RVers, while maintaining full public access to our precious beaches and waterfront. Our vision includes finding a way to not only accommodate RVs, but to provide amenities that make their experience world-class. We believe it possible to relocate many of the camping sites and improve camping infrastructure, while opening up the entire waterfront to the community, visitors, boaters, and RVers alike.

9. Historic Buildings, Now and in Future.

A campus that maintains the integrity of historical buildings in an environmentally sustainable way. The community has been clear about the buildings on Point Hudson. They should remain, and should be upgraded and modernized. Any new building on the campus should be in keeping with current aesthetics and scale, and should uphold the values of environmental stewardship—we need to protect our future as we preserve our past.

1. Accessible for All.

A waterfront that is fully accessible to residents and visitors alike. We see it as Port Townsend’s premier beach front: an easy walk from downtown, connected to Water Street via improved pathways and roads, boardwalks, landscaping, designated picnic areas, access to designated onsite/additional offsite parking, and accessible restroom facilities to accommodate a significant increase in utilization.

2. A Happening Place.

A vibrant, active place, with activities and opportunities meeting many interests and showcasing the diverse qualities of Jefferson County. Point Hudson will be seen as a destination for walkers and bikers, birders and nature lovers, kayakers and boat lovers, picnickers and sunbathers, toddlers and history buffs—Port Townsend’s premier waterfront spot for meeting a friend, chowing down a paper bag lunch, or simply hanging out.

3. A Place for Boaters.

A marina that attracts year-round recreational boaters, connecting them to our community and world-class marine trades. Regionally, Point Hudson is perhaps best known as a marina. Situated halfway between Seattle and the San Juan Islands, it’s is a natural stopping-off place for folks looking to savor our community’s natural beauty, and the unique shopping and dining experiences that come with it. Our vision is to find ways to make Point Hudson the premier destination on the Salish Sea by providing a world-class experience both through marina amenities and how we connect visitors with the recreational and marine service resources of Port Townsend.

4. Marine Trades and Small Business Incubator.

An authentic working campus, not a theme park. It’s safe to say that no one wants to see Point Hudson become a tourist trap. Part of what makes it authentic are the marine businesses that call it home. As buildings become refurbished, we should explore ways to incubate new mom-and-pop marine trades businesses, all while making existing business more accessible and visible to the public and visiting boaters.

5. An Educational Campus.

An educational campus, providing a variety of opportunities to connect visitors with our natural and marine environment, history, and maritime heritage. When Point Hudson as a whole is seen as an integrated campus, many educational opportunities become possible, utilizing the marina, various other buildings and businesses, and the beach itself. At its best it can be an engaging and free outdoor museum where our community’s history—its rich past and vibrant present—is fully expressed.

6. An (In)formal Events Venue.

An events venue with year-round opportunities, capitalizing on what we’ve learned from 40-plus years of producing the Wooden Boat Festival. On a larger scale, we envision Point Hudson as an expanded events venue, where hardscaping, improved electrical and wireless infrastructure, and perhaps a new building or two make it easier to attract events that utilize the campus as a whole. It could support outdoor theater, music and dance events, and food-oriented fairs, while providing additional space for some of the existing Port Townsend festivals.

7. Dining at Point Hudson.

A gathering place for socializing and dining, within settings that reflect the aesthetics of Point Hudson, and food choices that showcase local and regional resources. If it’s to be seen as a must-visit destination, there would be places that are affordable and accessible to people of all income levels, ranging from sit-down restaurants to quick take-out stands. We envision a growing number of dining venues within zoning that feature the unique resources of our community and region, a rich cornucopia of local produce, meat, seafood, and spirits.

8. RV Needs Balanced with Public Access.

A recreational space that supports the expectations of campers and RVers, while maintaining full public access to our precious beaches and waterfront. Our vision includes finding a way to not only accommodate RVs, but to provide amenities that make their experience world-class. We believe it possible to relocate many of the camping sites and improve camping infrastructure, while opening up the entire waterfront to the community, visitors, boaters, and RVers alike.

9. Historic Buildings, Now and in Future.

A campus that maintains the integrity of historical buildings in an environmentally sustainable way. The community has been clear about the buildings on Point Hudson. They should remain, and should be upgraded and modernized. Any new building on the campus should be in keeping with current aesthetics and scale, and should uphold the values of environmental stewardship—we need to protect our future as we preserve our past.