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Public Meeting Held to Discuss Columbia Park Development

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The cities of Kennewick and Rrichland are asking what will become of nearly 150 acres of the Columbia River Shore?

They tried to tackle that in a public meeting Wednesday night. Richland and Kennewick community members gathered at the Kiwanis Building in Kennewick.

Around 40 people from the Richland and Kennewick communities gathered to talk about their options. City planners discussed a timeline and overall goal for future developments. Community members were happy the city asked for their opinions.          

The two cities are developing a plan for 146 acres of the West end of Columbia Park. It stretches from Edison Street to the marina near Bateman Island. Leaders are looking to the future and trying to map out where the park can go long-term.

The army Corps of Engineers owns the land and is letting the cities develop it, but it has to be for recreational use. That could include food vendors, boat rentals, and overnight camping.