Port of Camas-Washougal & City of Washougal Partner with PSU
Convergence Community Planning to Inform Waterfront Vision
Washougal, Wash. – March 5, 2014 – The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced it is partnering with the City of Washougal and Portland State University in a planning effort led by a team of students from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program operating under the name Convergence Community Planning to create a waterfront vision plan. Their purpose statement is: “To develop a community vision for the waterfront that connects and complements the downtown, and supports the creation of a local and regional identity for the City of Washougal.”
The community engagement process will involve input from not only the Port and the City, but the community as well. Building on the Port’s public involvement efforts during each step of the Integrated Planning Grant and Waterfront Revitalization project, the purpose of the waterfront vision plan is to integrate existing conditions, case studies and community engagements to guide current and future planning and development initiatives along the waterfront.
“Plans for the waterfront include a trail, which will be a natural as well as essential connection with downtown Washougal and all it has to offer,” said Port Executive Director, David Ripp. “The end result will be of great benefit to the Port, the City and the community as a whole.”
The Waterfront Revitalization project has just completed a multi-step process to update the Port’s Recreational Lands & Facilities Element Plan in order to apply for grant funding from the Recreation and Conservation Office to offset the cost of a new waterfront trail that will connect Marina Park to the Washougal levee and points east.
About the Port
The port brings jobs and recreational opportunities through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. Grove Field is a small, general aviation airport with a state-of-the-art fueling station and 14 tie-downs in addition to the 79 hangars. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating restaurant, launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. Recently acquired and in the planning stages, are 13.25 acres of Waterfront Property which connects to a 14-acre parcel of port-owned land to the east. The industrial park boasts a 90+ percent occupancy rate of more than 40 businesses with an annual payroll of $8.9 million and is adjacent to Steigerwald Commerce Center, 120+ acres of property currently under development. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic site. More information is found at www.portcw.com.