Improvements to the Sudden Valley Marina

Several improvements are being implemented at the Sudden Valley Marina Harbor for 2019. The improvements are currently underway and all but one will be completed before the Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to the winter Soft Armoring project that ensures that the shoreline will remain stable, several user improvements are taking place:

  1. A Marina office has been established in Restroom building. There are no set hours unless appointments are scheduled ahead of time. The Dock Masters, Rob Gibbs and Bob Wolven, can be reached for assistance between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Their contact information is posted on the marina office door.
  2. Boat launch 2, east boat launch will be made available for launching small boats directly into the lake. The launch ramp is shallow, so it is ideal for launching canoes, kayaks, and small open boats up to 14 feet.
  3. Stabilizers are being added to the dock for boat ramp number 1 (Marina Harbor) to reduce the side-to-side tipping when walking on the dock.
  4. A second ADA parking space has been added to the front of the Marina Restroom parking area.
  5. The parking area for residents renting dock space will be graveled as soon as the Lake Whatcom Watershed ground disturbance moratorium is lifted on June 1st.
  6. Traffic will be re-routed to allow easier access to the docks and boat launches. Informational signs will be placed ahead of time on Marina Drive at Marina entrance to prepare for the traffic revisions. Please see map showing the new routing details.

2019 Culvert and Vegetation Control Project

The 2019 Culvert and Vegetation Control (CVC) capital project started this week and will continue through September 2019. The CVC crew will work on Sudden Valley’s road sides from Monday through Thursday. The initial phase will be brush out the road right of way and trim over hanging tree branches on the steep road grades in Gate 3 and move on to other roads shown in red in the below map.

Maintenance will provide daily updates to on the progress so that residents will know where the planned work will occur allowing vehicle traffic to select alternative routes past the work sites, if desired. Short delays of 2 minutes may be experience while safety cones are put in place or traffic control is initiated to allow for one-way traffic though the work zones.

Your Maintenance asks that care be taken when driving in the work zones. The work zones are noisy and the crew must deal with blind spots around the operating equipment. Our safety is the hands of the vehicle drivers.

If you have a question about this project, please contact our Maintenance Manager, Bruce Bishop ay (360) 724-8000.

Sudden Valley Jazz – Boffo Bossa Nova

   A quartet with no horns kept 177 spectators enthralled for over 2 hours yesterday at the Dance Barn in Sudden Valley playing the sultry Brazilian music of the bossa nova. Attached is a photo taken by Jim Ollette of Marco Carvalho backed by bassist, Jeff Johnson. As Johnson stated during the concert, “Lots of jazz groups are now playing the bossa nova, but Marco is the real deal.”  Our next concert is a salute to the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s seminal jazz album, Time Out, with a quartet led by Dave’s son, Dan Brubeck on drums, Miles Black on piano, Miles Hill on bass and Steve Kaldestadt on reeds. Get your tickets early. – K.C. Sulkin