The Port of Camas-Washougal will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand-new Washougal Waterfont Park at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. Everyone is welcome to help celebrate the stunning transformation of the waterfront property adjacent to the Port offices. What began as a recently retired saw mill on the edge of the river has been given back to the community as an eco-friendly destination spot that connects and complements both Camas and Washougal downtown areas, while supporting the creation of a local and regional identity for the City of Washougal.
The park itself has a large picnic shelter, benches and picnic tables scattered throughout, a giant compass-patterned plaza for community events overlooking the river, solar operated bathrooms, rain gardens and lots of parking with access to the breakwater fishing and moorage dock. The park showcases a magnificent view and adds fun educational signage to teach future generations about the impact each person may have on the environment and what he or she can do.
The meandering 12-foot wide cement trail wraps completely around the park and stretches just under a mile long through scenic landscapes and beautiful nature. Along the trail is a children’s natural play area, viewpoints, interpretive signage and water access trails for those hoping to get closer to our beautiful Columbia River.