Thousands of students from around the Mid-Columbia will take over the east end of Columbia Park next week as part of the annual Salmon Summit.
The event is sponsored by the Benton County Conservation District and organizers are expecting 120 classes to visit the park's east boat launch Tuesday and Wednesday to release salmon the students have raised in their classrooms, according to a release. They'll also participate in various educational activities in the park.
The boat launch will be closed to the public both days from midnight to 3:30 p.m. The public will still be able to access the park but the road through the east end of the park will be closed from the east boat launch to the veterans memorial between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. Barricades will be placed and there will be someone directing traffic.