Oregonians are one step closer to experiencing Willamette Falls up close: The Willamette Falls Legacy Project has selected three finalists to design a public Riverwalk in downtown Oregon City. Listed alphabetically by prime consultant, the selected finalists are James Corner Field Operations with Place Studio and Miller Hull; Mayer/Reed with Snøhetta and Dialog; and Walker Macy with Thomas Balsley Associates . A selection committee of representatives from the partners, owner, public, and design experts selected the three teams above from 14 submitted proposals. Final interviews will occur in early May.
Once we nail down the workplan with the winning team, they will dive into the project beginning in July. This is when you come in - the chosen design team will seek your ideas and input, combine them with all of the technical aspects and requirements of the project, and devise a Riverwalk that fully realizes the four core values: public access, economic development, healthy habitat, and historic and cultural interpretation.
A robust and engaging public process to help define these elements will take place over the course of the 18 months. Oregonians will have multiple opportunities to weigh in on how to best bring people to Willamette Falls for the next 100 years and beyond.
We cannot wait to begin the next chapter of this story!