Port of South Whidbey Commissioner, Curt Gordon, has worked with the Tulalip Tribes to provide approximately 250 parking spaces on the Mukilteo Waterfront for visitors to Whidbey Island by retrofitting the former Air Force “tank farm”.
State lawmakers included a $500,000 in the capital budget for parking near the new ferry terminal expected to open in early 2020. The proposed parking lot is on property currently owned by the Tulalip Tribes. $130,000 of the $500,000 will be used for permitting and site engineering, while the rest will be used for preliminary construction. According to Gordon, who is actively applying for grants for the project, the final cost will be in the Millions.
According to Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, the city is researching a parking garage behind Diamond Knot. Currently, there is a 50 person waiting list to obtain parking in that area.
While the ferry terminal will not have any parking there are other options being investigated including a lot by a private developer where the current ferry holding lanes are and the city lot near Silver Cloud Inn.