The transition from winter to spring has hit our world with some enormous challenges. During this time, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have remained steadfast in their progress to assess the possibility of routing visitors entirely along the river to a prominent viewpoint of Willamette Falls. After the Grand Ronde tribe purchased the former Blue Heron paper mill property from George Heidgerken in 2019, they proposed an alternative to the Willamette Falls Legacy Project’s earlier plan of providing interim public access through the middle of the former mill site.
This week, Grand Ronde will present a proposed design to Legacy Project officials that seeks to incorporate the Willamette Falls Legacy Project’s four core values, support the riverwalk conceptual design, and meet Grand Ronde’s goals to develop the property in the future.
Groundbreaking on the riverwalk, previously expected to occur this year, has shifted while we explore this alternative riverwalk approach. Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon remain committed to a strong collaboration with all of our partners that fulfills our community’s vision and includes safe and secure access onto the former mill site, a prominent view of Willamette Falls and habitat restoration along the riverbank.