On June 7, 2019 the Natural Play Area, part of the Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail, will have a grand opening at 3:30PM. The play area will be ADA accessible, feature a 6 foot hill slide, a 9 foot tall Sasquatch named “Eegah” who serves as interactive art, a log scramble, xylophone area, and more!
The grand opening of the Natural Play Area is the latest completion of the Port of Camas-Washougal’s development of the 13.25 acres it acquired from Killian Pacific, a former lumber mill for over 50 years. The play area has been under development for the majority of this past year, and prior to that the Waterfront Park and Trail area itself was completed in 2016 thanks in part to a $1.7 million grant from the Recreation and Conservation office.
The goal of the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Waterfront development is to add centralized community and diversity to the waterfront by developing multi-use areas for shopping, dining, errands, family fun, and inter-generational entertainment that is next to residences.
While the Waterfront development is a primary focus, the Port of Camas-Washougal has also put a focus on its industrial park, which constructed its final building in 2018. The Industrial Park covers 300 acres and houses more than 40 businesses. Out of the $6.2 million the building is worth, the Port was able to develop the building for only $1.1 million out of pocket thanks to several grants and a low interest loan program.
The Waterfront Project is no where near completion. Development is expected to be at least an additional 24 months, with the next step in the project being the beginning of the negotiation agreement between the Port and the developer. EKM Development from Portland has been chosen as the developer for the Waterfront Project.
Have you been over to see the latest in the Waterfront Development? What are you most excited for?