The Mission of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is to bring together community and waterfront district stakeholders in order to encourage economic vitality and to preserve the historic character and quality of the area.
History of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance
The Alliance was originally formed as the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association in 2008. The four-point Main Street approach has been the foundation of the organization since it’s inception, and the Washington State Main Street Program awarded our program full Main Street designation in 2011. The Alliance has been a Nationally Certified Main Street Program since 2012.
Welcome to Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront
We are a place tied to a history that predates European settlement. Native Americans came here to live in our safe harbor. Later Croatians launched our commercial fishing industry that remains alive to this very day. Scandinavians brought businesses to our town and immigrants came to the area from across the nation and Europe. This heritage is not just part of our past. We remain a place where our connection to the water provides a living for generations of families.
Today, the water is not just a place of work; it is a place of recreation. Our Canoe and Kayak Racing Team are national champions. Locals enjoy a more leisurely pace whether by paddle, by sail, or by motor. And visitors get a warm welcome at our docks where they can walk, dine, shop, and even drink a local beer.
Gig Harbor is a place with captivating beauty. Everywhere you look there are scenes of uncommon splendor: watercraft of all shapes and sizes, historic homes and businesses, open views across the harbor, and those amazing moments when “the mountain” towers in the distance.
Gig Harbor is a place deeply connected. A stroll along our waterfront will bring you past historic net sheds, a stunning museum, the area’s largest collection of independent businesses and restaurants, and lovely parks. Our events bring the community together throughout the year. People gather here at festivals, concerts, films, gallery strolls, or family nights out.
We are a place where our past inspires our future, knowing that we can preserve what is great about this place while continuing to make our downtown waterfront and all that it means to us even better.
We are Gig Harbor, Washington…Tied to the Water.