2018 Water Street Enhancement Project

Port Townsend is paving the way to a brighter future. The Water Street Enhancement Project will take place from January through June, 2018. The project will replace aging infrastructure, improve street drainage, add streetscape improvements and street trees, and lay foundation for undergrounding utilities. The $2.7 million project will enhance the downtown corridor, increase public safety and walkability with ADA improvements, lay the groundwork for undergrounding utilities and enhance the character of the downtown commercial historic district.

Revisit this page for updates during the construction project!

Special Events and Activities

January – June Port Townsend “Believe or Knot!” Game—a fun excuse to come downtown, pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction!) about the salty seaport of Port Townsend. Complete the game and be entered in monthly drawings for local gift certificates valued at $100! Entries can only win $100 once but they can still be in the drawing for $500. There will be two $500 winners – Play Today! Believe It Or Knot Game Card

January – June “Celebrity Concierges”—friendly volunteer greeters will answer questions and be there for you “In the Zone” from 1 – 3 pm on Saturdays during Construction. Customer TLC, coupon books, and maps to get you around downtown.

April / May – Ride for Free Saturday’s from 12-3 on PTeRider! Getting around town has never been so much Fun!

April“Step It Up!” Loosely based on getting 10,000 steps in downtown! Stop by any or all of the 37 participating locations, get your card stamped, and when you have 15 stamps, turn it in to be entered into prize drawings for local gift certificates valued at $50 each. Thanks to About Time Clothing and Quimper Mercantile Co. for donating gift certificates! Step-It-Up-Game-Card

The RevitalizeWA Conference is coming to Port Townsend April 23-25, 2018. Washington’s annual statewide conference focused on historic preservation and economic revitalization, brought to you by Washington State Main Street Program, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. There will be workshops, conference tours, social events and an awards banquet. We are expecting 250- 275 guests from across the state; it’s an opportunity to showcase Port Townsend’s historic districts, including lodgings, shops and restaurants.

Feeling spontaneous? Key City Public Theatre Off Key Improv presents “Victorian Anachronism” May 5th, 12th, and 26th. Key City actors’ readings of “Love Letters to Port Townsend” in February brought heart-felt fun and whimsy to downtown, receiving positive media attention. They will be bringing stories of PT’s incredible past to life with surprising, anachronistic twists from you. Sort of a choose-your-own-adventure, PT style!

May is Art Wave—kids’ art in the stores. Historic Districts’ merchants are showcasing student artwork for “Art Wave!” The artwork is created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12. The annual art exhibit is on display at businesses in Uptown and Downtown with over 400 pieces of art installed as part of this promotion.

May 24, Join us for “ArtZone A Paint n’ Sip Party to benefit Arts in the Schools. This art party will be held in the Kuhn Building at 1044 Water St. from 5-7 pm. The Port Townsend Main Street Program invites adults (21+) to tap into their creativity at a new fundraising event, led by local artist Jesse Watson. The fee is $50 and includes all materials and refreshments.

June – Port Townsend has amazing retail, non-stop arts events, and restaurants and lodging for every taste. We are in the home stretch of the Water Street Construction Project and your support means everything to our local businesses. We look forward to celebrating the end of construction with you at the “Party at the Plaza” June 30th from 3 to 6 pm. Food, music and fun on the brand new Tyler Street Plaza—with the priceless waterfront view!


Port Townsend has an expansive list of special events throughout the year, there are lots of reasons to come downtown during the construction period.

The public could check out Walking Tours with the Jefferson County Historical Society, Twisted History Ghost Tours, get tickets to Key City Public Theatre events, take a PTeRider tour, enjoy the fun at Rhody Festival in May or grab your goggles for the Steampunk event in June.

Subject to change. Paving the Way to a Brighter Future is funded in part by the City of Port Townsend, First Federal and the Port Townsend Main Street Program.

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Photo: Jefferson County Historical Society. Hard Hat Logo: Max Grover