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JUST ASK SHANE: Update on West Richland's Yakima River Gateway Project

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - We have an update on a park project in West Richland that's been in the works for several years.  Marilyn sent me an email recently asking, "What is happening with the grant money for the new park at Butte Court in West Richland?"

Marilyn is talking about the Yakima River Gateway project that the city is working on.  The plans call for a park and trail system along the Yakima River, where Butte Court currently sits.

It would include walking and biking access along the river, fishing access, as well as restrooms and parking.  The project will cost $1.8 million, and will be funded by a grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office, and matching funds from the city.  They hope to get input from the community and complete the design work this fall, so construction can start next spring.

"This is an important project to the community. This is really going to be our showcase project for the city of West Richland, right in our downtown area. It's going to provide people an opportunity to get to the river, walk, improve their health, and enjoy being outdoors," said Russ Connole, West Richland's Community Development Director.

Connole says they'll present their preliminary plans to the city council next week, which include building a new parking area on the other side of Van Giesen Street, with a trail that would go underneath the bridge over to the new park.  They hope to have the park fully developed and completed by next summer.

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com.