SEATTLE The city of Seattle owns two aging marinas that are in need of $8 million worth of repairs.

The Lakewood and Leschi Moorages are located on the western shore of Lake Washington. The current facilities are near the end of their life cycle, according to the city. There is a need for about $5 million in unfunded improvements for the South Leschi Moorage and an additional $3 million for the Lakewood Moorage.

The needed repairs include a total replacement of the pilings, the docks and deckings, wake resistant breakwaters, water and electrical lines and other current building and permitting code improvements.

Seattle s Parks and Recreation department recently held a meeting to announce that it is looking for an operator for the moorages. The operator will have to invest in the upgrades in exchange for a long-term agreement to manage the two moorages.

A Request for Proposals process started in late February. The proposals will be due in May.

Improvement construction is approximately two to three years out. Prior to construction, there will be public meetings.

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