Port of Camas-Washougal Reviews 2012 and Previews New Year – News Release

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Washougal, Wash. – Dec. 4, 2012

The Port of Camas-Washougal today reflected on the completion of several projects and activities during 2012 and forecast a positive outlook for 2013.

“We expect dynamic and very positive changes in the year to come following our most recent property purchase of the former Hambleton Lumber Co. site and the Steigerwald Commerce Center development now moving ahead,” said David Ripp, executive director for the port.

“It’s shaping up to be a very exciting year for the port, particularly with some of the projects that have only been on the drawing board and are now becoming a reality.”

Completed activities in 2012:

  • Received 2012 Port of the Year award from the Washington
  • Public Ports Association
  • Purchased shoreline property parcel from the former Hambleton
  • Lumber Co. following site analysis, planning and public input
  • Initiated Phase 1 construction of Steigerwald Commerce Center
  • property
  • Dedicated interpretive panels at Parkersville National Historic site
  • Began the sale of Discovery Passes, hunting and fishing licenses
  • at the port office
  • Maintained 97 percent occupancy rate at industrial park
  • Repave runway approaches and fuel area at Grove Field
  • Achieved record attendance at July 4 fireworks and Riverside
  • Concert Series at Marina Park
  • Launched quarterly art exhibit in port lobby, including Women
  • Who Weld sculpture
  • Continued annual Christmas Ships Parade tradition with caroling,
  • cookies and cider
  • Celebrated one-year anniversary of Camas-Washougal Economic
  • Development Association with full roster of promising new
  • business opportunities
  • Recognized Earth Day with third annual beach and levee cleanup
  • at Capt. William Clark Park

Selected projects planned for 2013:

  • Repave vehicle entry and taxiways and install energy efficient
  • lighting at Grove Field Airport
  • Replace entryway signage and repair rail in industrial park
  • Pave port office parking lot; upgrade office telephone system
  • Design and construct upper and lower marina headwalk
  • Construct new wave runner and kayak storage areas
  • Install electrical outlets on marina breakwater
  • Upgrade levee pumphouse and begin levee bank restoration
  • Plan trail and construction along waterfront east of marina

The port will retain its regular public meeting schedule on the first and third Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m. at port offices. However, because New Year’s Day occurs on the first Tuesday in January, the January 2013 meetings will move to January 8 and 22. A calendar of 2013 commission meetings and upcoming events is available on the port website at www.portcw.com.
About the Port of Camas-Washougal
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, hotel, fueling station, guest docks and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The industrial park is home to more than 40 businesses, representing $8.9 million in annual payroll, is adjacent to the Steigerwald Commerce Center, 120+ acres of property currently under development. The port manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and the Parkersville National Historic site. More information is found at www.portcw.com.

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