Taking a tune from Langley, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is installing a whale bell at the Coupeville Wharf.
The bell, one of several projects the association is working on to prepare for the tourist season, will officially ring for the first time at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
A parking campaign is also being launched on June 1. The association is encouraging employees of downtown businesses to park on the community green, a vacant space south of the business district.
“The intention is to create more parking for our visitors,” according to Vickie Chambers, executive director of the association. “It’s important that we as a community make all available parking down here available — it starts with us.”
Flyers are being handed out and employees are being encouraged to put them in their dashboards. The Association will be keeping track of who has been parking in the green and enter them in a raffle. Each month they have an opportunity to win $50.
Several business owners have offered an incentive to their employees, a $50 match, Chambers said.
The organization is also seeking applications for “facelift” grants. Building owners in the historic district can apply for matching funds for improvement projects such as painting, repairing rotting windowsills and other exterior needs.
Applications are due by Monday, June 12.