Groundbreaking held for final phase of Williams Wharf
The nonprofit group held a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday afternoon to mark the start of the final phase of the project to convert the former commercial boatyard into a waterfront centerpiece for the community.
This last phase includes the large vessel and fishing pier, the green space with viewing area, replacement of the south floating dock and the parking area and turnaround. A separate groundbreaking ceremony for the boathouse is being planned for the future.
The May 21 ceremony was also held for two additional reasons—the naming of the yet-to-be-constructed boathouse and the creation of an award given by the conservancy to recognize those who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Mathews.
Former county administrator Stephen K. Whiteway served as master of ceremonies. He also had the honor to reveal both the new name of the boathouse and the first recipient of the award that now bears the inaugural winner’s name.
Approximately 100 people—from local officials and dignitaries to members of the Mathews High School crew (fresh on the heels of a gold medal finish at Stotesbury)—attended last Wednesday ceremony, which was held under the open-air pavilion that overlooks the regatta finish line on the East River.