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Ribbon breaking for Clover Island Improvements

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To celebrate several years worth of improvements on Clover Island, city leaders and the Port of Kennewick gathered for a special ribbon breaking.

People lined the Columbia River shoreline at Clover Island to talk about a project that's been in the works for several years.

Leaders say today marks the first of several steps in creating a complete destination waterfront. So to celebrate island improvements, such as putting in about 7,000 plants, a new trail and even helping the salmon population, there was a ribbon breaking.

The Port of Kennewick executive director says the changes will help bring more people and business to the area.

"We're very close to the point where things build upon themselves and start self sustaining, then the government's involvement will have to be less as the private sector picks up, business thrives and people come out to the island," Tim Arntzen said.

About $700,000 has gone into clover island improvements so far.