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.
The City of West Richland used this grant to develop approximately 2.8 acres of land, and acquired and developed approximately .4 additional acres of land. These properties serve as a trail and riverfront park with water access amenities. The project is located along the Yakima River in the City of West Richland in Benton County. Having acquired and developed this site, the City provided recreational opportunities for non-motorized water access, walking, biking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. This was accomplished by developing approximately 1800 lineal feet of accessible trails and paths, a formal viewpoint, a restroom, parking lot, and a ramp into the river for water access and non-motorized boating. The primary recreation provided by this project is for outdoor recreation.