County Supervisor John Zaragoza, whose district includes the Harbor, said "I am really happy that we can offer this wonderful new facility to the public for the enjoyment of families throughout the County. This is just one more project adding to the renovation of the Harbor."
The launch ramp encompasses approximately six acres, and includes a six-lane launch ramp, about 160 parking spaces, a new public restroom, a waterfront walkway and picnic area. The entrance to the new ramp is located on Curlew Way. The ramp is used by thousands of boaters each year who store their boats on trailers and launch from public ramps.
Construction of the replacement launch ramp was funded by boater fuel taxes collected by the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Just as gas taxes are utilized to fund road construction and maintenance, boater fuel taxes are provided for boating infrastructure. The cost of the project was approximately $4.5 million.
The construction project was managed by the Ventura County Harbor Department, and constructed by Cushman Contracting Corporation of Goleta, California.
Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. The museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.