Riverfront Park Development

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

This development project will construct a 13-acre Riverfront Park, along the west bank of the Yakima River in Benton City, Washington.  Land is being acquired with funds from a prior Water Access grant for this new park, which will include an extension of the City’s asphalt walking/bike path, a launch spot for kayaks/canoes/paddleboards, three natural fishing spots, two accessible concrete viewing platforms with dual-level viewer, three picnic  tables and grills,  a bike rack, restrooms and more than 2000 linear ft of natural compact dirt paths.  Vehicle access will be on an 800′ gravel road,  with a turnaround for unloading, a 35-space gravel parking lot , 2 asphalt ADA spaces and two trailer parking spaces.  This project will provide new and expanded water-level recreation for those who enjoy fishing, non-motorized boating and wildlife viewing in a natural setting. 

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Benton City Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $ 456,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 152,967.00 Project Type: Development County: Benton Legislative District: 16 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1239

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.