It’s been a community effort to touch-up the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Information Center.
In recent months, the building at 1192 E. Washington St. has seen a new coat of paint, installation of new gutters, signage, and outdoor seating, along with a makeover of its replica New Dungeness Lighthouse.
Chamber Executive Director Beth Pratt said community organizations and individuals continued to show how generous Sequim people are to each other.
“I’m extremely happy with the way it all turned out,” she said.
The chamber — an advocate for local businesses and guide for visitors — hosted partners for a ribbon cutting on Sep. 21 as a thank you for all the work done.
Pratt estimates about $40,000 was spent on work done with about $20,000 used from the chamber’s reserves.
The City of Sequim helped secure a grant for new outdoor tables and a bike repair station. The city’s Public Works staff constructed and installed the tables and bike station, painted new parking lot lines and remarked the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Sequim Valley Lions volunteers poured the concrete for each table, and the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau provided a grant for new signage installed by Strait Signs.
Liquid Painting Inc. painted the building, Tracy’s Insulation & Gutters installed the gutters, and Sanford Irrigation repaired the irrigation, Pratt said.
Volunteer Emily Westcott and her team redid the landscaping, and The Home Depot donated scaffolding for the lighthouse remodel.
Neighbor Chuck French of French’s Pro-Paint and Maintenance said he saw the work going on at the chamber and wanted to repair the replica lighthouse.
He started in July and said much of the wood was rotten, so he’s replaced or repaired the structure and hand painted it all.
“It should stay here a long time,” he said. “I tried to keep it as accurate as before.”
In the near future, he’ll install a light in the lighthouse, and close up the structure, he said.
Chamber members and staff were unsure when the replica was originally built.
Once finished, French estimates he’s put more than 100 hours in the revitalized structure.
For more about the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit sequimchamber.com or call 360-683-6197.