The $2.5 million renovation of the Dana Point Harbor boat launch ramp was completed on budget and opened on schedule in May 2007 well before the beginning of the busy summer season.
To mark project completion and dedicate the 10-lane facility, more than 75 state, county and city officials, special guests and members of the local boating community gathered in the Harbor on June 22, 2007.
Patricia Bates, 5th District Supervisor, led the ceremonies, which included remarks by Dana Point Mayor Diane Harkey and David Johnson, Deputy Director, California Department of Boating and Waterways (CA DBW).
The renovation project was funded by a $2.5 million grant from CA DBW and included upgrades to improve water quality in the Harbor and bring the 36-year-old launch ramp into compliance with current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Construction included resurfacing the 225-foot-wide ramp area, building three 8-foot-wide boarding floats to replace two 6-foot-wide floats, and installing a new trench drain along the top of the ramps to collect and treat boat wash-down water from the parking area.
Throughout the nine-month construction project a minimum of three boat launch lanes remained in operation at all times to minimize impacts on boaters.
The ramps accommodate more than 30,000 launches each year.