Benton City Riverfront Park Acquisition

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

Benton City will use this grant to purchase two adjacent parcels of land to create a new Riverfront Park. The land totals 10.89 acres. The project site is located near Seventh Street, along the Yakima River, within the City limits of Benton City. The new park is expected to create public access to 784′ of riverfront for canoe/kayak entry and fishing. The primary recreational opportunities provided will be canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Benton City Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $ 81,650.00 Applicant Match: 20413 Project Type: Acquisition County: Benton Legislative District: 16 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1278

Location Details

From Interstate 82, exit #96 to Benton City. Take the Roundabout exit that leads across the Kiona Bridge north toward Benton City. Follow SR 225 (1st Street, then Babs Ave) to 7th Street. Turn right on 7th and follow past Dale Avenue to Dinah Lane. Turn right on Dinah Lane (toward landfill and City Water Treatment plant). The northern boundary of the property will start at the chain link fence on the right, leading toward the abandoned railroad bridge over the Yakima River.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.