The city of Richland could have easily gotten by without the expense of paying a consultant from Arizona to come up with a development plan for the riverfront.
“Packing” the waterfront area with retail operations just sounds like a commercial mess and would contribute even more traffic problems to this already heavily used thoroughfare, and the notion of a theme park is nothing more than a gratuitous solicitation for tourist dollars.
The city is obligated to serve the citizens. Check with them — they have lots of good ideas. You may also find that they value having more open and accessible natural spaces and parks than upscale condos and retail properties.
David P. Sisk, Richland