Refuge Cove Beach Access





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska

Total Budget: $12,000

Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Community Development: Construction/Renovation

Summary: First City Rotary proposes to replace the eroding and unsafe stairs at the Refuge Cove public recreation site.

The objective of this project is to replace the stairs from the parking area at Refuge Cove, leading to the beach. Refuge Cove is part of the Alaska State Parks system and a highly frequented public beach area. The current stairs are eroding along the embankment. The stairs are currently carved out of the bank and separated by logs. Aaron Ostby of Alaska State Parks estimates they will become unusable/unsafe within the next 24 months. The parks service is watching the erosion very closely due to safety concerns and will cut off access if necessary.

First City Rotary will complete the stairs in a safe and sound manner that will include a cement landing (base) and stairs constructed of treated wood, cement, or galvanized metal treads depending upon the final design and cost. We will use the majority of the funds to purchase materials for the project, a portion of the funds will be used for removal of the old stairs as well as pay a contractor to pour concrete for the base of the new stairs.

First City Rotary has licensed contractors in the club that will oversee the project and provide skilled labor. We also have several volunteers willing to provide hands-on assistance as well. A civil engineer from Rotary 2000 has offered to assist with the design of the project.

This project will serve families living in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The Refuge Cove recreation site is a popular picnic and beach area that is free and open to the public year round. Families of all economic backgrounds have access to the site. The eroding stairs are becoming a safety hazard. This project will provide safe access from the parking area.

First City Rotary will also ensure that we publicize the project. We will use Facebook to show progress on the project as it develops, posting pictures and updates regularly. We will also invite the local newspaper to do an article showcasing the project and have a dedication ceremony upon completion. Additionally we will seek space to post a permanent sign identifying the stairs as a First City Rotary project.

The replacement of these stairs will be a great community project that will provide families safe access at this popular recreational site.

We anticipate that the project will be completed no later than October 1, 2018.

Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)

We would like to ask for an additional $3,000 for our project described above. Where the stairs would land is an area where logs float up and could obstruct the bottom of the stairs. With additional funds would be able to include a concrete bulkhead that could keep the logs from the stairs and also provide an area to sit at the base of the stairs. Additionally we would like to include a fire pit if sufficient funds were available.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Ketchikan (The First City)

Primary Contact: Helen Mickel

Email: hmickel@tongassfcu.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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Ketchikan (The First City) (5010)









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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Helen Mickel

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Helen Mickel

System Entry: Project signed by Helen Mickel.


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Denise Ringhand

Due to the cancellation of another grant, $500 more in DDF will be allocated for this project. This brings the DDF amount from $4,000 to $4,500. Since this grant has already been approved, the DDF amount in the Financing column cannot be edited, so this History Log serves as documentation of the additional amount.


by Charlotte G Tharp

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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