Harper Pier: Address 9969 SE Southworth Dr, Port Orchard, WA 98366
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Harper Pier – An Historic Pier, Now a Recreational Hub

Harper Pier has seen enormous success since its grand reopening. Operated and maintained by the Port, the Pier is a community and regional recreational asset. People have been using the newly reconstructed pier for all types of recreational activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

The Pier – Past and Present

Built in the 1880's and used as a dock for Mosquito Fleet steamboats, it was rebuilt in 1919 to serve auto ferries and continued to do so until the early 1960's. Since that time, Harper Pier served as a recreational facility mainly for fishing and diving. The effects of time, weather and the hostile marine environment took a toll on the structure leading to very much needed replacement.

Thanks to strong community support and several sources of grant funding, Construction of the Pier was completed in January 2015 with a community ribbon cutting celebration hosted by Congressman Derek Kilmer on January 16.

State-of-the-Art Design

The Pier welcomes the diving, fishing, crabbing and squidding community as well as photographers, the Washington Audubon society and nature enthusiasts alike. Divers find the Pier a popular setting for underwater exploring of a fishing trawler, a powerboat wreck as well as a sea anemone that provides a unique diving experience.

Award-Winning Community Asset

The Port of Bremerton received the 2015 “Tourism Vision” Award for the project as, “Best New Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Location”. The Pier has been designated as part of the national water trails system. If you haven’t had a chance to explore the new Pier, all times of day are worth the visit! Click here to view the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map.

Harper Pier Maintenance Items+

Item Status Notes
Ongoing 2022 Maintenance: Trash, Toilets, Facility inspection & cleaning 3x weeklyOngoing
Vandalisim of Electrical BoxCompleted 07-06-2022Reported 07-06-2022; Lock and hasp repaired same day
Electrical reset and replacement of faulty breakerCompleted 06-03-2022Electrical repairs to grounding wires
Lights vandalized, need repairsCompleted 06-02-2022Staff conducted repairs when parts arrived
Complaint about Seawall StabilityCompleted 05-31-2022Staff conducted seawall inspection
Harper Float Install - seasonal floatCompleted 05-20-2022Moved from BREM to Harper
Harper gangway maintenanceCompleted 05-19-2022Repaired Damaged Gangway
Gate vandalism and lock/latch replacementCompleted 04-10-2022Repairs due to vandalism
Light repairs and maintenanceCompleted 03-14-2022Repairs of damaged lights
Gate vandalism and lock/latch repairCompleted 02-15-2022Repaired same day
Electrical reset and replacement of faulty breakerCompleted 01-13-2022Electrical repair to reset breaker
Harper Float -seasonal retrievalCompleted 12-08-2021Removed float - stored at BREM
Harper Gangway MaintenanceCompleted 12-07-2021Repaired gangway to float late due to elec.
Capital Project -electrical power upgrade/circuit breakersCompleted 12-06-2021Electrical contractor weather and parts delay
Harper float repair from storm damageCompleted 11-05-2021Float out later for use by elec. contractor
Move maintenance float for electrical contractorCompleted 10-26-2021Float for electrical contractor during work
Electrical reset and replacement of faulty breakerCompleted 10-16-2021Electrical repairs to grounding wires
Large garbage, abandoned equipment, and debris on pierCompleted 08-19-2021Port staff cleared debris and garbage
Harper electrical circuit repairsCompleted 08-10-2021Repaired electrical circuit and new project prep
Harper lighting damage and repair due to vandalismCompleted 08-02-2021Repaired Damaged Lighting
Garbage, debris, and diapers strewn around pierCompleted 07-21-2021Port staff cleared debris and garbage
Harper electrical box and circuit repairsCompleted 07-17-2021Repaired electrical circuits and preparation
Harper Float install seasonal floatCompleted 05-21-2021Moved from BREM to Harper
Harper Gangway MaintenanceCompleted 05-20-2021Repaired damaged gangway
Harper lighting damage and repairCompleted 03-02-2021Repaired damaged lighting
Electrical reset and repair of faulty breakerCompleted 01-22-2021Electrical repairs to breaker
Ongoing 2021 Maintenance: Trash, Toilets, Facility Inspection & Cleaning 3x WeeklyCompleted 2021Ongoing throughout year
Electrical breaker damage repairCompleted 12-19-2020Conducted one day repair
Harper lighting damage due to vandalismCompleted 11-16-2020Delay due to lighting parts on backorder
Harper float seasonal retrievalCompleted 10-16-2020Removed float - stored at BREM
Electrical Reset and replacement of faulty breakerCompleted 10-16-2020Electrical repairs to grounding wires
Underwater Inspection of Harper Pier InfrastructureCompleted 10-15-2020Inspected pilings, corrosion, and foundations
Harper Gangway MaintenanceCompleted 10-13-2020Repaired gangway to float
Electrical box damage repairCompleted 09-22-2020Conducted one day repair
Electrical reset and replacement of faulty breakersCompleted 08-30-2020Conducted one day repair
Repaired extensive drinking & vandalism damage to pierCompleted 07-30-2020Kitsap Co. Sherriff involved, increased patrols
Electrical repairs needed, damaged outlets - vandalismCompleted 07-24-2020Conducted one day repair
Debris cleanup on pier and on floatCompleted 06-17-2020Large debris, abandoned equipment
Harper Float - Install seasonal floatCompleted 06-05-2020Moved BREM to Harper
Harper Maintenance reduced to weekly for COVIDCompleted 04-17-2020Statewide COVID Shutdown for March-April
Debris cleanup on pier and removal of sea bed debrisCompleted 03-06-2020Conducted one day repair
Ongoing 2020 Maintenance: Trash, Toilets, Facility Inspection & Cleaning Min. 3x weeklyCompleted 2020Ongoing throughout year
Harper electrical maintenanceCompleted 12-20-2019Conducted one day repair
Harper light and outlet maintenanceCompleted 12-09-2019Conducted one day repair
Electric outlet damaged and needs repairCompleted 11-14-2019Conducted one day repair
Harper float seasonal retrievalCompleted 11-04-2019Removed float - stored at BREM
Abandoned boat on pier, damage on floatCompleted 10-26-2019J. Heytvelt email, damage repaired
Light Fixture broken, electrical outlets vandalizedCompleted 10-25-2019Fixture replaced, outlets repaired
Light Fixtures damaged, repairs neededCompleted 08-21-2019Conducted one day repair
Cleat repair at Harper floatCompleted 07-25-2019Repaired damage next day with new parts
Light Fixtures vandalized and damaged, repairs neededCompleted 06-27-2019Secured additional light fixtures
Electrical ground wire repairsCompleted 06-22-2019Electrical repairs to grounding wires
Harper debris and fish clearing viscera removalCompleted 05-31-2019Removed debris, seaweed, fish cleaning etc.
Harper Gangway MaintenanceCompleted 05-09-2019Repaired damage to gangway
Harper Float - Install Seasonal FloatCompleted 05-07-2019Moved from BREM to Harper
Secure Harper float for seasonal installationCompleted 05-06-2019Float repairs in preparation for summer
Harper snow inspection and lighting fixCompleted 02-15-2019Conducted one day repair
Harper light damaged and need repairsCompleted 01-17-2019Conducted one day repair
Ongoing 2019 Maintenance: Trash, Toilets, Facility Inspection & Cleaning Min. 3x WeeklyCompleted 2019Ongoing throughout year
Harper Inspection, Lights, Outlets, & Gate RepairCompleted 12-13-2018 Conducted one day repair
Harper Inspection and clearing storm debrisCompleted 11-30-2018Conducted one day repair
Harper Cathodic protection engineering inspectionCompleted 11-06-2018Preparation for future capital project
Harper light damaged and needs repairCompleted 11-01-2018Light repaired same day
Electric outlet damaged and needs repairsCompleted 10-05-2018Outlet repair needed parts, next day
Ongoing 2018 Maintenance: Trash, Toilets, Facility Inspection & Cleaning Min. 3x weeklyCompleted 2018Ongoing throughout year

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