Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the Recreation and Waterfront Revitalization Survey!
Purpose of the Project
The goal of the Waterfront Revitalization project is to bring a higher and better use to the property directly east of the Port’s Marina.
PLANNING FOR NEWLY ACQUIRED WATERFRONT PROPERTY BEGINS
[Updated October 2013]
How Did We Get Here?
Director David Ripp secured a $200,000 Integrated Planning Grant (IPG) to evaluate the environmental condition of the waterfront property (formerly the Hambleton Bros. Lumber Co.) prior to purchase. After reviewing all reports, the Commission made the decision to move forward. In November 2012, the Port finalized negotiations to purchase 13.23 acres of the waterfront property from developer Killian Pacific. “The goal of both the Port and Killian Pacific is to bring this property to a higher and better use and plan to work together on a cohesive development for the entire site,” said David Ripp, Port Executive Director. “We also plan to seek additional grant finding for development of the Waterfront Revitalization project.”
Recreational Element / Clean-Up Process / Trail Design
In March 2013, a team was formed with the experience, expertise, and familiarity with the Port to develop the vision for the newly acquired Waterfront Property. Contracts were signed with:
- Rod Orlando Technical Writing & Planning, to update the Port’s Recreational Lands & Facilities Element, an addendum to the Port’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements and Strategic Plan, and an important piece of the grant application process.
- Maul, Foster & Alongi, the firm who led the IPG process, to begin the clean-up process, including obtaining grant funding, construction oversight and post-construction monitoring. Jim Maul, President and Principal Hydrogeologist for MFA, talked about the work ahead, stating that “the clean-up will be done with the development plans in mind for this site.”
- Berger/ABAM to develop a trail design that will one day connect Marina Park to the Washougal levee, and beyond. They will provide the trail design and concepts for the Recreational Facilities Element, mentioned above.
Timeline for Public Process
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The “Recreation and Waterfront Revitalization Survey,” conducted from April through September 2013, was the perfect opportunity to gather public input on which Port recreational opportunities are being used and enjoyed now, as well as what the public would like to see regarding design of a new trail and park on the waterfront property east of the Marina.
At the conclusion of the Survey, the data was provided to Rod Orlando Technical Writing & Planning, for inclusion in the Recreational Lands Facilities Element.
As part of the Department of Ecology’s own separate public process in connection with clean-up of the waterfront property, Ecology held an open public forum on June 11 at the Port from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to receive comments.
Open Houses - July 30 & September 24, 2013
The focus of both Open Houses was the updated Recreational Lands & Facilities Element. Also presented was information on the waterfront clean-up, as well as preliminary design work on layout of the new trail and park.
Project consultants were on hand to greet and inform the local citizens, elected officials, Port tenants and other friends and neighbors who attended.
A variety of maps, photos and artist renderings were on display and handouts were available. Attendees were invited to write down their ideas and additional suggestions for the waterfront development. (See “Open House Documents” on the right.)
The Port will submit the completed Recreational Lands & Facilities Element to RCO (the Recreation and Conservation Office) by March 1, 2014 for evaluation, seeking approval to apply for funding.
The Port continues to move forward, working with Maul, Foster & Alongi to prepare for site cleanup, expected to begin in Summer of 2014.
In 2015, the Port hopes to announce a successful outcome to its RCO grant application to fund a new waterfront trail that one day will connect Marina Park to the Washougal levee and points east!