Letter: Community park

April 29, 2013 

West Richland and Tri-Cities residents: Wouldn’t you like access to the pretty Yakima River via a footbridge loop park off of Van Giesen?

There is a property that has been on the market for years. It is on the southeast side of busy Van Giesen Street and the Yakima riverfront flood plain. It would make an ideal community park with river access.

I’m imagining a loop with one or two foot bridges spanning the Yakima River, one from this site and ideally a second on the north or south side of the existing commuter bridge at the entrance to West Richland.

It would be wonderful to be able to walk, ride bikes, have a picnic, take a little river float and enjoy the natural asset of the Yakima river.

It would require cooperative effort, funding and likely yielding of some easement to create a foot/bike path loop. Wouldn’t that be fun?

If you are interested in pursuing this idea or have resources/expertise in this area, please connect via the Facebook page: Yakima Riverfront Park! In a world of random acts of horridness, let’s do something lovely. Shelly Hansen, West Richland

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