Thank you for your interest in the Riverfront Park master planning process! The City of Wenatchee and Chelan PUD value public participation and your input is fundamental to this endeavor. The Final Riverfront Park Development Plan and associated Appendices was reviewed and approved by the Chelan PUD Board of Commissioners and the Wenatchee City Council on December 6, 2021 and January 13, 2022 respectively. Both parties are now collaborating on next steps towards implementation of the first phase, with initial construction anticipated in the 2023-2024 timeframe.
September 2022 Open Houses
We held two open houses on Sept. 13-14 to help customers learn about enhancements to Wenatchee Riverfront Park. The design of the first phase is underway, and these meetings help the City and the PUD continue to refine the project and work on detailed plans for elements such as a splash pad, playground, picnic pavilion and trail improvements.
If you missed, the open houses, here are the display materials from the events.
Wenatchee Riverfront Park is a defining feature of the community and the most urban segment of the Apple Capital Loop Trail. The park includes approximately 31 acres and is generally identified as the area along the river just north of 5th Street, extending south past Pybus Public Market to where the trail intersects with Worthen Street, immediately east of Downtown Wenatchee and Riverside Drive. A majority of the land in the park is owned by the City of Wenatchee and has been leased to the Chelan PUD since 1983 to support park development as part of the District’s responsibilities under its Federal license for the Rock Island Project (FERC Project #943).
In addition to the Apple Capital Loop Trail, which is incorporated throughout Riverfront Park, other key features include: large picnic and day use areas, boat launch, mooring dock, public parking, Saunders Steam Train, xeriscape demonstration garden (in partnership with WSU Master Gardeners), numerous public art installations, and restroom facilities at two separate locations. Riverfront Park is located between Walla Walla Point Park (Chelan PUD) to the north and Hale Park (City of Wenatchee) to the south and the planning process incorporates this context and the overall slate of recreational offerings in the community.