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Plans Revealed for Hanford's Public Future

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KENNEWICK, WA -- The public may soon be able to hike and bike along parts of the Hanford reservation that have been off limits for decades. 

Community leaders presented concept plans Monday for transitioning some of the land into recreational and conservational use.

The plans are meant to be an open conversation between the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, TRIDEC, Department of Energy, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the public.

TRIDEC President and CEO Carl Adrian says we could see these changes sooner, rather than later.

"What the community has to recognize is that clean up really is occurring and we're just a couple years away from having the River Corridor cleaned up, and theoretically we could have public access in that short time," Adrian said.

Local firm Mackay Sposito has been working on the plans since early this year. 

There are three public meetings scheduled this month to discuss the issue:

November 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tri-City Business and Visitor Center
November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Richland Community Center
November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin PUD