On February 26, 2018, the Port of Olympia Commission approved a proposal to rename its East Bay Trail and NorthPoint Park in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr., in partnership with the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Frank Family.
As currently envisioned, several educational kiosks and interpretive signs will be installed along the trail and in the park terminus, each highlighting a unique aspect of Frank, the Squaxin Island Tribe and the life-cycle of salmon. Signage will also be added to provide education about the native plants already lining the trail, and to commemorate two previous Canoe Landings (Squaxin, 2012 and Nisqually, 2016).
The full project is estimated to cost approximately $80,000. The Port Commission has agreed to provide up to $25,000 to support development and implementation costs, while the Squaxin Island Tribe and Salmon Defense will secure the remaining funds. A Dedication and Blessing Ceremony will take place on March 9 (Billy Frank Jr’s birthday) and project construction will begin shortly thereafter.
As stated by his son Willie Frank, “This is a great opportunity to educate people on the History of Billy Frank Jr. He spent his life working to protect the environment and salmon. My Dad realized, after being arrested over 50 times for exercising his Treaty Right, that we all need to come together for the health of the salmon and Puget Sound,”