Willamette Falls Legacy Project update

Tue 22 Jun 21

The next meeting of the four public partners of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 30.

The meeting will include discussion about multi-tribal engagement, Willamette Falls Trust’s recent request to join the Legacy Project Partner group, supported by four tribes, and next steps for the project.

The four public partners of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project – Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon — are committed to multi-tribal engagement to shape the public riverwalk. The partnership will continue efforts to build relationships with all tribes participating in the project: the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

The Willamette Falls Legacy Project began with a vision to transform Oregon City’s waterfront at Willamette Falls into a destination that would welcome visitors, spur economic redevelopment, restore native habitats, and invest in sharing the history and culture at the Falls. A project of this size and complexity requires building strong relationships to transform the riverfront at the former Blue Heron paper mill site into a premier destination.

At the Feb. 4 meeting of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, public officials approved moving forward with a riverfront approach which aligned with the landowners development efforts, for the first phase of the riverwalk. Phase 1 of the project’s riverfront approach would also include habitat restoration.

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