For Immediate Release - August 25, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK CELEBRATES RECONSTRUCTION OF TAUNTON RIVER BOAT RAMP

Governor Patrick tours newly reconstructed Taunton River boat ramp.

Governor Patrick tours newly reconstructed Taunton River boat ramp. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office). View additional photos.

BOSTON - August 25, 2010 - With the boating season at its peak, Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated with local officials the reconstruction of an important boat ramp on the Taunton River in Fall River.

The project features a new concrete ramp to accommodate all sizes of boat trailers, installation of boarding docks, drainage improvements and sidewalk repairs. The ramp also provides access to the Taunton River, Mount Hope Bay, Buzzards Bay and even Long Island Sound for fishing and recreational boating.

"Massachusetts is home to spectacular waterways and we need public boat ramps like this one to keep them accessible to everyone," said Governor Patrick.

"Getting out on the water is one of the joys of life in Massachusetts, and I encourage the citizens of Fall River to put this new boat ramp to good use," said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles.

Due to normal wear and tear over the last 30 years, the condition of the boat ramp had deteriorated, requiring a complete reconstruction. The final design phase was completed in March 2010 and construction began on June 1, 2010. The project, which cost $334,415, was completed on June 30, 2010, with assistance from the state's Office of Fishing and Boating Access.

"I'm truly excited and proud to see this project finished" said Representative David Sullivan. "This new launch and floating dock system is something I've been fighting for since 2007. It is great to see it completed, and to have the Governor here for its official opening. These floating docks not only provide a safer entry into the Taunton River for our recreational boaters, but the easier access will hopefully bring more people to the waterfront area for events, dining and shopping. It's also a resource for the Harbormaster and search and rescue."

Originally constructed in 1978, the ramp consisted of a reinforced concrete boat ramp and parking access for 47 vehicles with trailers. In 1994, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) entered into a cooperative land management agreement with the city of Fall River for purposes of providing local management of the boat ramp facility.

DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access, which completed 17 projects valued at $1 million during fiscal year 2010, leveraged municipal resources, including staff, to complete project construction. The Office of Fishing and Boating Access is charged with providing access to more than 1,200 miles of seashore and hundreds of great ponds, rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. The Office oversees 273 boat and canoe launch sites, shore fishing areas and fishing piers in Massachusetts, giving residents and visitors extensive opportunities to enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and recreational boating.

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