Kennewick's Bridge-to-Bridge/River-to-Rail plan recently was recognized by Gov. Jay Inslee with a 2013 Smart Communities Award.
The award is meant to recognize achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that improve quality of life.
The Bridge-to-Bridge/River-to-Rail study was created in 2003 for the city and the Downtown Kennewick and Columbia Drive Association. The port and city have partnered to improve Duffy's Pond and create a trail around the pond.
The city and the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership have worked to improve Kennewick's downtown.
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The Port of Kennewick also has started a redevelopment project on Columbia Drive, and has bought about 16 of the 28 acres on the north side of Columbia Drive between the cable bridge and Clover Island Drive as part of its efforts.
The port also has improved Clover Island with a new entrance archway, a lighthouse, bathrooms, art and a walkway in recent years.