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Riverwalk design is underway

The first step in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is beginning to take shape.

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A new riverwalk that connects historic downtown Oregon City to Willamette Falls is the first step of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. For the first time in more than a century, people will be able to see and experience Willamette Falls along the Willamette River from a world-class public space. By building the riverwalk, the project partners are transforming this abandoned site into a compelling new investment opportunity.

Design and planning of the riverwalk is underway. The project partners (the City of Oregon City, Metro, Clackamas County and the State of Oregon) selected the premier team of Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG to lead the process.

 

Riverwalk Design

Beginning in 2015, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project will engage in Schematic Design of the riverwalk. This includes determining the character and the public access alignment of the riverwalk, placement of viewing overlooks, selection of materials, areas of habitat enhancement and development of an overall site plan before we move into engineering and eventual construction. The riverwalk will catalyze and integrate with future development. In addition, the comprehensive schematic design of the riverwalk will incorporate the following:

PROGRAMMING PLAN Programming ensures a complete visitor experience and will keep the riverwalk active and lively. The programming plan will identify opportunities to “activate” the site’s public spaces in ways that create a unique visitor experience and encourage healthy economic development and investment in the area.

INTERPRETIVE FRAMEWORK  Interpretive opportunities planning will identify how and where the site’s history and culture can be highlighted on the riverwalk and surrounding area. This could include artwork, digital storytelling, programming, and interim access during construction.

PHASING PLAN The phasing plan will allow the riverwalk to be built over time as funds become available. (Funds are secured for the first phase.)

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION PLAN This plan will ensure that visitors to the area can access the site and that the impacts of traffic and parking to the surrounding commercial and residential areas will be mitigated where possible. Programs could include: increased transit access, shuttles, expansion of permit parking areas, use of nearby private commercial parking during non-business hours, increased signage, construction of structured parking and incorporation of other best practices and actionable steps through an adopted and community supported plan.

 

Riverwalk project schedule

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See the latest riverwalk design updates

Watch video updates on the riverwalk design process

See the results of our design concepts survey and event workshops

Riverwalk Design Alternatives Presentation and Community Event – November 17, 2016

Riverwalk Opportunities Report Now Available

Riverwalk seasonal activities

Ideas and inspiration from riverwalk Open House

A cascade of support for the riverwalk

Riverwalk kickoff event attracts people far and wide

 

Riverwalk Opportunities Photo Gallery

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The riverwalk concept was first identified in the community visioning process which began in 2013. Thousands of Oregonians gave their input into this project, providing comments and insight into the project’s values and scope.

This project has been successful to date because it has been grounded and supported by passionate people who care about this amazing place. Our success in creating a new Oregon landmark depends greatly on our ability to capture what is special about Willamette Falls for all the people who have lived, worked, fished, celebrated, paddled, and dreamed there across many generations.

You can begin plugging into this project today. We need to ensure that your knowledge and passion for this place is embedded in the final design. There will be many opportunities to be involved with the design process as we move forward. Stay tuned and stick with us to help make this project a reality.

 

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In 2015, the Oregon Heritage Commission designated Willamette Falls as the first ever State Heritage Area

Riverwalk Design

The first step in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is beginning to take shape. Design and planning of the riverwalk is underway.

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End of an era through a pioneer’s eyes

A profile of Janet Malloch, the first woman technician and shift supervisor, who worked at Blue Heron Paper Company from 1977 until its closing in 2011. During that time, she paved the way for women to work in mills, moving up the ranks from technician to board member.

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Partners Group Meeting on March 15th

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