Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners today gave the green light to staff to continue refining the scope of the first phase of a public riverwalk to fit within the funding that’s available. The project team asked for direction after receiving cost estimates showing that jump-starting the riverwalk will be more expensive than an initial projection from architects.Read More
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We are excited about carrying out the community’s vision for a public riverwalk along Willamette Falls – a commitment that remains in place, even if the landowner changes. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2020.Read More
Late last year, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project team issued a request for proposals to transform a conceptual design for the first phase of the Willamette Falls riverwalk into detailed permitting and construction drawings, as well as manage construction. Metro, on behalf of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, is pleased to announce Otak has beenRead More
UPDATE: RFP 3590, Design and Planning Services, Willamette Falls Project has been posted on ORPIN.
A search is about to begin for the team to advance the riverwalk at Willamette Falls in downtown Oregon City – envisioned as the catalyst for a signature Oregon destination along the banks of the Willamette River. Metro, one of four public partners of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, will be issuing a request for proposals this fall to transform a conceptual design for the first phase of the Willamette Falls riverwalk into detailed permitting and construction drawings.
The public riverwalk at Willamette Falls is drawing one step closer to reality. After a delay causing the riverwalk project to fall behind schedule, Willamette Falls Legacy Project staff received Falls Legacy LLC’s signatures on multiple permit applications in March. This month, Clackamas County and Oregon City also received payments from Falls Legacy LLC for back taxes and utilities.Read More
Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
-Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Do you have a Willamette Falls story to tell? This winter and spring, Clackamas Community College, Rediscover the Falls and the Willamette Falls Legacy Project invite you join one of two three-day digital storytelling workshops dedicated to stories about the Falls.Read More
Andrew Mason has been selected as the first full-time executive director for Rediscover the Falls (RTF), the nonprofit organization created in 2015 to raise resources and advocate for the revitalization of the former Blue Heron paper mill site in Oregon City and the riverwalk experience.Read More
The Willamette Falls Riverwalk master plan provides the long-term vision that will guide development and public access at the former Blue Heron paper mill site in downtown Oregon City.Read More
In early 2015, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners (Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon) initiated a public master planning process for the Willamette Falls riverwalk. The final master plan aims to provide a long-term vision that will guide future development and public use of the riverwalk. Throughout the planning process,Read More
A Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group Executive Session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, from 1 – 3:00 p.m. at the Market Center Building, 1600 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 109, Portland, OR 97201 – Room 316. The executive session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e): To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing bodyRead More
The next Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Tumwater Ballroom. 211 Tumwater Dr. Oregon City, OR 97045 This meeting is open to the public. Agenda available here. A Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group executive session is scheduled for Wednesday, SeptemberRead More
Well over 600 people attended the riverwalk design unveiling and celebration at OMSI on Saturday, June 3rd. Below are some photo and video highlights! See our post on riverwalk design if you missed it or want to dig deeper into the documents. Watch the full riverwalk design presentation from Snhoetta’s Michelle Delk. We areRead More
Announced today, final riverwalk concept designs will be available for public viewing this Saturday, June 3rd, at the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration event. The inspiration of a design team of internationally-renowned architecture firms Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG, the riverwalk will feature promenades along the river and pathways lofting through the former industrial site on theRead More
The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber.Read More
We sat down with Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, to learn more about what fascinating historic and geologic events came together to create the falls we see today.Read More
The Willamette Falls Legacy Project established a Tribal Advisory Board to create an innovative, evolving and genuine relationship with local tribes, with the intention of establishing a model for successful tribal engagement.Read More
The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Oregon City Library.Read More
Watch the full presentation given by Michelle Delk of riverwalk design partner Snøhetta at the design alternatives community event.Read More
The next Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Oregon City Library. Meetings are open to the public.Read More
At its public meeting in Oregon City on September 19, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners group decided unanimously to move forward on its public riverwalk project as planned, without further consideration of a proposal to integrate a whitewater park into the project.Read More
A plan to transform former industrial land in downtown Oregon City into one of Oregon’s iconic destinations has received a major national award.Read More
After months of careful deliberation, including numerous meetings and discussions with project partners, riverwalk stakeholders, whitewater park supporters and community members, project staff has made its recommendation on the proposal to the Willamette Falls Legacy Partners Group, which is responsible for making major project decisions.Read More
Thanks to all who attended the Partners Group meeting on July 11th. Following the July 11 meeting of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group, project partners are accepting written public testimony on a proposal that a whitewater park be included in riverwalk design.Read More
The Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group consists of two elected officials and one administrator from each of the four partner agencies, Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro, and the State of Oregon. The group meets four times a year to provide leadership and direction for the project. The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11th.Read More
Rediscover the Falls, a new non-profit group formed in support of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, will bridge communities and work in tandem with government partners to implement the vision for the Falls.Read More
On October 16, 2015 the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) awarded the Willamette Falls Legacy Project with the award for a project with statewide significance.Read More
We are proud to announce that the Oregon Legislature has supported a $7.5 million investment in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.The Legislature invested lottery-backed bond money in the Willamette Falls Riverwalk, which would bring visitors from downtown Oregon City to the edge of one of North America’s largest waterfalls. “I want to thank the manyRead More
On May 29, Governor Kate Brown announced the selection of the schematic design team for the Willamette Falls Riverwalk. The team of Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG will work collaboratively to create a design for the Riverwalk that helps transform the vision for Willamette Falls into reality, reconnecting people to the falls, and creating a destinationRead More