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JUST ASK SHANE: What are Pasco's Plans for a new Park Along Columbia River?

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PASCO, WA - We have an update of sorts on plans for a park project on the Pasco side of the Columbia River.  Jenny sent me a Facebook message asking, "On Sylvester Street near Road 56, there's an open lot that's been designated for a city park, for a long time.  Does the City of Pasco have any plans for this area?"

We visited the lot that Jenny's talking about, and there is a sign that says it's the future home for a new park.  But you get the feeling that the sign has been there for awhile.

I talked with Pasco's community services office and found out that the city was ready to move forward with plans for a new park in 2010.  But then everything came to a halt when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers froze all of their levee reduction projects in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

The city wants the Corps of Engineers to lower the levee by three feet, but they're waiting to move forward with their plans for a park until they get a firm answer from the Corps.

"We don't want to develop the property based on a maybe. We want to know exactly what the height of that levy is so that whatever we do to the property can best utilize the view of the river which is really the uniqueness of that property," said Rick Terway, Pasco's Community Services Director.

Once they get approval from the Corps of Engineers, they'll have to start from scratch with environmental studies and other engineering work.  They also want to get input from the public on what they'd like to see on this piece of land that's just west of Wade Park.  Terway says he's cautiously optimistic that they could get the project done in 2018.

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.
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