The Yakima River Gateway Project will create a community riverfront park by improving access to the Yakima River near the Van Giesen Bridge (between S. 35th Ave and S. 39th Ave), create a bicycle and pedestrian friendly riverfront trail, construct a restroom facility, and construct a parking lot on S. 35th Ave. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

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Phase 1 Construction activities will began in early June 2015 on this multi‐phased $2 million Project. During construction, access to the river from Butte Court will be limited. (No unauthorized vehicle access will be allowed and violators are subject to tow; Public parking on Butte Court will not be available.)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Early settlers in West Richland and surrounding area sent their children to the Van Horn School, and many had to cross the Yakima River. Mrs. Fallon, one of the parents who worried about the dangerous river, traveled throughout the valley to get signatures on a petition to encourage the Yakima County Commissioners to build a bridge. The resulting structure was named the Fallon Bridge in her honor. The steel Fallon Bridge on Van Giesen between Richland and West Richland was built in 1923 to replace the old wooden bridge that had been declared unsafe.  Later, in 1993, a new bridge was installed.

 

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!

Thank you to the Washington State Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program- Water Access and Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account for grant support of this project through the Recreation and Conservation Office.