The Arthur F. Dias Landing is one of the most popular access points for the public to Padanaram Harbor. Managed by the Town of Dartmouth Harbormaster’s Department with support from the Waterways Management Commission, each year thousands of boats are launched at the boat ramp and hundreds visit the site for the view of the northern end of the Harbor.
In the recent past, there have been a number of improvements made to the site. Security lighting and cameras have been installed, new dinghy and kayak racks are in place, and parking lines have been repainted.
Now the Waterways Management Commission is considering a sizable increase in floating dockage—primarily to support dinghies and other small craft. A recent Feasibility Study highlights the need for additional small craft dockage in the harbor and, with competitive pricing, can be self-supporting.
The Commission will be presenting the increased dockage concept and the results of the Feasibility Study at a meeting/ public hearing of the Dartmouth Waterways Commission. The open public gathering will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in the Select Board Meeting Room (Room 304) in the Dartmouth Town Hall.
The Draft Dias Landing Feasibility Study is available for download at the bottom of this page. If the Waterways Management Commission decides to move forward on the project, funding will be sought through grants for design and construction costs. A final design is expected to be prepared in 2022 and construction could be completed in time for the 2023 boating season.