The port won the award for its work with stakeholders on the 10-year Parker’s Landing Waterfront Development project. In its application, the port spoke about its community interaction over the project slated at a former lumber site along the Columbia River in east Clark County.
Since the mill’s shutter in 2010, the port implemented cleanup efforts and engaged community members in a series of open houses for the public, which “viewed this site as a natural beauty for its access to the Columbia River and a great place for a commercial development. The main messages were this site would have public access to the river along with the commercial development.”
Residents – including schools – also added input on waterfront trail and park features.
“The public had been a part of the process since day one and helped mold and develop the vision for the final Master Plan,” the port said.