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.

Special Events and Activities




Saturday, June 30th from 3 pm – 6 pm

Summer fun is here and downtown is ready. Come visit our local businesses and enjoy the beautiful new streetscape downtown. It’s a brand new Water Street!

Don’t forget to circulate in the stores to play the Port Townsend “Believe It or Knot Game” in its final weeks. Completed game cards (10 store visits) will be entered in the grand prize drawing. There will be two grand prizes of $500 in gift certificates (one grand prize limit per winner).

  • 3:30 pm Ribbon Cutting in collaboration with the Chamber, Port Townsend Main Street Program, City of Port Townsend, First Federal
  • Urban Sketchers Art Display
  • Dance music with DJ Captain Peacock
  • Food bites from local businesses and all ages fun!
  • “Believe It or Knot” Grand Prize Drawings!

Thanks for supporting our local economy during construction. #ptlove

The Party at the Plaza is coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Promotion Committee and volunteers. It is part of the “Paving the Way to a Brighter Future” campaign made possible by generous support from the City of Port Townsend, First Federal, the Port Townsend Main Street Program and participating businesses.

Subject to change

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.


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, or take a PTeRider tour.

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