KENNEWICK, Wash. -The
City of Kennewick will close parts of Columbia Park Tuesday and Wednesday so
school children throughout the Tri-Cities can release their young salmon into
the Columbia River.
More than three thousand students will
converge on the east end of the park to set their science projects free. To
keep the kids safe, the boat launch on the east end of the park will be closed
from midnight to 3p.m. both days.
Rachel Little at the Benton Conservation District is encouraging bass fishermen
to drop their lines near the boat launch to help the newly-released salmon
escape the mouths of hungry predators.
all these salmon going into the water, it's going to attract some attention,
maybe from predators," Little says. "We'd love the help of some local bass
fishermen to come and put some predation pressure on these bass, maybe make out
classroom salmon more successful."
The boat launch will be closed from
midnight to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The road through the east end of
Columbia park will be closed from the boat launch parking lot to the veterans
memorial from about 7.a.m.until 3-30 p.m. both days.
can still get into the park from the other entrances and the Playground of
Dreams will remain open during the summit.