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Former local leader honored at Clover Island

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A Tri-Cities leader and boat enthusiast was honored Thursday at Clover Island. Dale Metz passed away last Wednesday at the age of 94. Metz loved the Tri-Cities but his main passion was boating, which is why he helped develop Clover Island in 1954. He started the first marina and also helped bring in Cedars restaurant and the Clover Island Inn.

Thursday afternoon, the Port of Kennewick along with Tri-City leaders honored him with the Metz Plaza. The plaza offers a shade structure and a new piece of art work. It was designed to evoke the image of a ship's bow and sails and the artwork depicts a family with open arms. Metz' family says they are very honored and hope to continue their father's legacy.

"My dad was a supporter of the community. He loved children, he loved boating families, he loved people, and having a good time. He's up above looking down saying 'job well done,'" said Dale's son, Kay Metz.

In the spring, the Port of Kennewick plans to add climbing vines to shade the plaza. The total cost was about $145,000. $15,000 of it was donated by the Columbia Center Rotary.