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Restoring shoreline in Walla Walla Point Park starts next week

by Kimberlee Craig | Sep 29, 2017
Detour will safely guide Loop Trail users around the improvements

Restoring and protecting a section of Columbia River shoreline in Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park starts Monday, Oct. 2, and will bring a detour for Loop Trail users during the month-long reconstruction project.

Bicyclists will be directed to Walla Walla Avenue between the main park entrance across from the Town Toyota Center and the entrance at Ninth Street. Walkers and runners will be guided onto the grass around the work from near the restrooms and back on the trail near the driveway to the PUD Parks shop. Click to view map.

PUD Project Manager Casey Hall said the work is needed to meet District responsibilities under its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam. Over the years there has been substantial shoreline erosion from the swim beach south to the Row and Paddle Club area.

Wenatchee-based contractor Goodfellow Brothers will do the work. The firm has done several similar projects on the Kootenai River. The work includes removing large debris from the bank and rebuilding a natural contour and safer river access. Cost is not to exceed $352,000.

Hall said finishing the project depends on the weather. There is a possibility that repaving won’t be done until spring. The path may reopen before that, but it will be gravel.

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For more information contact Parks Manager Ryan Baker, ryan.baker@chelanpud.org, or 661-4495.