We’re thrilled to announce that new agreements with a private developer and Portland General Electric have secured public access to Willamette Falls!
The agreements, easements at the mill site and along the PGE dam to the falls, will allow the Willamette Falls Legacy Project to move forward with plans for a public riverwalk along the river to the falls. The project partners, including Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro, and the State successfully collaborated to reach this important milestone in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. At a Metro Council meeting last night Councilor Carlotta Collette said “It will attract people not just from around the region, but it will attract people from around the country.” She added “If we do it right, it might attract people from around the world.” Last month, Oregon City approved the Master Plan for the site, another important step in establishing public access to Willamette Falls.
George Heidgerken of Falls Legacy, LLC bought the former Blue Heron mill site earlier this year. With yesterdays’ announcement he stated “It’s a special place in Oregon, one-of-a-kind. People are going to want to be there.”