Gig Harbor, The Maritime City
Discovered in 1840 and incorporated in 1946, the city of Gig Harbor in Pierce County, Washington, is known appropriately as “Washington’s Maritime Village.” It is located on the Gig Harbor Peninsula, in southern Puget Sound, the western-most of several sub peninsulas that extend southward from the dominant Kitsap Peninsula. The area basks in a moderate climate with sunny summers and moderately rainy winters. The Narrows, known for its strong currents, extends southward between the Gig Harbor Peninsula and the city of Tacoma. Two 1-mile suspension toll bridges connect the peninsula to Tacoma.
The picturesque harbor for which the city is named has a 750-foot sand spit that extends across the entrance, leaving a passage less than 200 feet wide. The inner harbor is almost a mile long reaching a depth of about six fathoms. Gently sloping hillsides rise from the harbor in a natural bowl made up of historic neighborhoods, commercial districts, recreational marinas, and commercial fishing facilities.
For more information about the town's history go to Historic Gig Harbor. For additional statistics and demographic information visit the Gig Harbor Wikipedia page.
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The Community Development Department is responsible for all land-use, planning, historic preservation, development and code enforcement within the City limits.
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The City supports a healthy community of people through our local parks and recreation facilities.
The Police Department prides itself on providing high quality service to our community and fostering an environment that encourages and promotes personal growth and professional excellence for all our employees.
The Public Works Department serves the community of Gig Harbor by providing a safe environment and enhanced quality of life through maintenance and improvements to the public infrastructure.
Tourism & Communications
The Tourism and Communications Department markets and promotes Gig Harbor as a visitor destination by working with local businesses and organizations to create events and activities that build the local economy.
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