Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The project is an effort to showcase the history of salmon in Ketchikan Creek.
Another goal is to highlight how important salmon is to the community.
Supporters said the project would revitalize an area of downtown that has become somewhat problematic in recent years and contribute to the revitalization of tourism.
The first phase of the multi-year project is the relocation and construction of a new handicapped-accessible salmon ladder viewing platform
Other plans are the relocation of the crosswalk on Park Avenue and renovations to the Ketchikan Creek Fish ladder.
Future phases would include improvements to Marrie Man's trail with signage, interpretive panels, and public art.
Bill Gass of Deer Mountain Hatchery told the Council he was very supportive of the project, "I'm very excited to hear about this project. It is our crown jewel and the lifeblood of this community. It is great to see it emphasized, cleaned up, enhanced, protected and pushed forth."
The Council issued a proclamation that marks February 16th as Elisabeth Peratrovich Day in Ketchikan.