Port of Camas-Washougal Seeks Citizen Input on Recreation and Trails
Online survey now available; Open House dates announced
Washougal, Wash. – May 15, 2013
The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced an online survey, available immediately, as part of its ongoing public process to update its recreational facilities and provide an opportunity for citizen input on waterfront revitalization and trail plans.
The survey is available here: http://tinyurl.com/cksmtsk. The two Open Houses will take place on July 30 and September 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the port office.
“We hope to gather public input and feedback from local residents who want to share their own vision for recreational opportunities along the waterfront,” said David Ripp, port executive director. “Our goal in this process is to ensure that everyone has a voice, that we listen to their concerns and ideas so that the end result is something that makes us proud as a community and makes it an even more desirable place to live.”
Officially, the process will result in an updated Recreational Facilities Element that will provide an important component to the port’s strategic plan and is part of the ongoing review process to maintain the plan as a true guideline to carry out the port’s mission.
“The trails component specifically focuses on the waterfront revitalization process that will incorporate a park and a trail along the waterfront,” said Ripp.
The port intends to connect its trail system with the existing levee trail along Captain William Clark Park and to waterfront trails in nearby cities as they are developed.
The port will continue the public outreach process with an information booth at the two Riverside Family Fun Days and Concerts on July 4 and August 17 where more information will be available.
Recently, the port kicked off the process through a series of stakeholder interviews that gathered additional ideas. Information updates will be made available on the port’s project page on the website, found here: http://portcw.com/index.php/projects/waterfront_revitalization/
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, nearby hotel, fueling station, guest docks and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. Newly acquired and in the planning stages, are 13.25 acres of Waterfront Property connecting a 14-acre parcel of port-owned land to the east of the marina. 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.