Village of Tillicum near Seattle closes in face of COVID-19 challenges
The ferry line to the village of Tillicum on Blake Island had been in service since 1962.
SEATTLE – The Tillicum (formerly known as Tillicum Village) excursion to Blake Island Marine State Park off the west coast of Seattle is ending due to COVID-19 challenges.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced the closure on Monday.
The commission said in a notice that concessionaire Argosy Cruises had withdrawn from its contract with state parks “due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The company has been providing transportation to the village of Tillicum on Blake Island since 1962.
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“We were really only scratching the surface of what could be offered on the island, but unfortunately COVID-19 and the loss of income necessary to continue operating on the island forced us to scale down and focus. simply on our core business, the boat. tours, charters and transportation, ”said Molly Schlobohm, COO of Argosy Cruises.
The Tillicum excursion will remain closed until 2022 so the parks service can assess the needs of affected buildings and plan for the future, according to the advisory.
Staff are seeking input from potential partners or dealers as they examine new ideas for the future of the haul road and the various experiences offered on the island.
Those interested should contact Todd Tatum, the Head of the Parks Development Division, at [email protected]
“We hope to continue to provide enriching programming and experiences and want to do so in a way that respects the past, present and future of the island,” Tatum said.
Blake Island is still open to the public with its over 1,200 acre marine campground and 5 miles of saltwater beach shoreline, which is currently only accessible by private boat.
The parks department works with a local historian to ensure that all art and pageantry are preserved.