OOI Cable Landing Events July 13 2011

Thank you for confirming you will join us for the Ocean Observatories Initiative cable landing celebrations on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Pacific City, Oregon. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you plan to bring someone with you to the reception. All events except the reception are open to the public.

On this website you will find the most up-to-date program schedule and links to related information, including a map of cable landing event locations. We invite you to check back for updates.




Noon to 3 pm: Informational Public Open House, Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, Oregon. (See map.) Parking at the Community Center is limited to 50 cars; if the lot is full, more parking is available nearby (see Parking below).

1:30 pm: Dr. John R. Delaney, University of Washington Professor of Oceanography and Director of the OOI Regional Scale Nodes program, will make a 20-minute multimedia presentation on the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

3:00 to 3:30 pm: Beach ceremony at cable landing site, located on the landward side of the dunes a few hundred yards south of the Kiawanda Community Center and due west of where Pacific Avenue crosses the Nestucca River, as indicated on the map. The entrance will be marked with signs and balloons. (See Parking below if you prefer not to walk from the Community Center and wish to park close to the cable landing site.) Please note: Date and time of actual cable landing may vary owing to weather and ship operations. Celebrations will proceed as scheduled.

4:00 to 6:00 pm: Reception at the Ocean Observatories Initiative Shore Station, 33395 Cape Kiwanda Drive. The Shore Station is approximately one mile north of the Kiawanda Community Center and is located on the east side of Cape Kiwanda Drive, as shown on the map. Entrance will be marked. Some parking is available at the Shore Station (see Parking below). Upon arrival, please check in at the Welcome Table near the door on the south side of the Shore Station. All guests will be asked to sign the Station logbook before entering. Dress is business casual. The reception is co-hosted by the University of Washington with partners L3-MariPro, TE SubCom, CoastCom, Inc., and Tillamook Light Wave.

4:30 pm: Guest speaker, Captain Don Walsh
Captain Don Walsh USN (ret), PhD, is a well-known American oceanographer and explorer. On 23 January 1960, he and Jacques Piccard piloted the Navy's Bathyscaphe Trieste seven miles deep into the Marianas Trench, the deepest place in the world's ocean. No person has been back since. A full biography of Dr. Walsh is available here.



Signage and volunteers will assist with parking.

For Open House and Beach Ceremony: Parking will be available at the Kiawanda Community Center parking lot. If that lot is full, some limited parking will be available near the cable landing site. You may also park on either side of Sunset Drive, the road to the south of the cable landing site. Volunteers will be available to assist with finding a parking spot.

For Reception at the Shore Station: Limited parking is available at the Shore Station. An overflow parking lot for reception guests is available one block north behind Doryland Pizza. Cars may be parked along both sides of Cape Kiwanda Drive. There is also a public parking lot just north of the Pelican Pub and Brewery. This public lot, however, tends to fill up if the weather is good.


Pacific City, Oregon information, including accommodations.


For questions: Tracie Hunt, 206-543-5802 or watkins@ocean.washington.edu