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Proposed master plan for west end of Columbia Park

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- What does the future hold for the west end of Columbia Park? That is what city council members from Richland and Kennewick discussed Thursday evening.

Leaders met at the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau.

The proposed plan still has river access and other things the public wanted to keep, but there is also a food truck lot and even a lawn area for outside music.

Aside from cosmetic fixes like widening roads and more nature paths, the design also includes places to put the proposed Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, and an outdoor performance venue.

Thursday night's meeting will get the gears in motion to make some real changes to the park.

John White, with Berger ABAM Engineers said, "What we're going to be asking the councils to consider tonight is taking this back, both to their park commissions and to their own venues and consider adopting this plan."

All of these plans are great, but what does the owner of the land, the Army Corps of Engineers say? They have to approve any construction because both Richland and Kennewick lease the land from the Corps. The Corps said they have been talking with both cities but have not received a finalized plan yet. This master plan might just be what they are looking for.