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Public Input Wanted on Future of Public Access to Hanford Land

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KENNEWICK, WA. - Tridec and the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau are looking for your input on the future of public access to Hanford land along the Columbia River.

Many people believe the plans are a step in the right direction. A consultant group on Monday presented their ideas for the future use of some Hanford land. They include developing hiking and biking trails along the Columbia River, as well as camp grounds and boat launches. They're also looking at ways to memorialize some of Hanford's historical monuments like the old Hanford High School building, the B Reactor, and the White Bluffs community.

Some people say it's the perfect time to make these plans a reality.

"I think it's good. I think it's going to happen and I think it's great for the economy as well, if we could bring more people to the Tri-Cities, they may like what they see and might want to stay and live here," said Ed Pacheco, a resident excited for economic growth.

However, Pacheco says he is concerned about emergency services being able to respond quickly to the area.

You can join in the conversation Monday night at the Richland Community Center at 7 p.m. or Tuesday at the Franklin PUD building, also at 7 p.m.