Officials announced on Thursday that Milwaukie can begin its second construction phase at Riverfront Park in June 2014 thanks to the $1.2 million grant that the Oregon Marine Board awarded the city on June 24.
Federal Sport Fish Restoration funds, administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for motorboat access improvements, provided $1 million of these funds.
Work will include construction of a new boat ramp and boarding float, a small restroom, parking for boat trailers and cars, and vehicle access improvements along McLoughlin Boulevard.
Milwaukie applied for the grant in April and was among 25 projects submitted throughout the state requesting a total of $10.6 million in funding. The Milwaukie Riverfront Park project was ranked the third highest by state staffers, and received one of the largest grant allocations of any of the projects funded this year under the biennial program.
Were taking a major leap with this grant, Milwaukie Parks and Sustainability Director JoAnn Herrigel said. The boat ramp facility is one of the cornerstones of the parks design, and with this funding, Milwaukie will have a launch it can be proud of.
In 2012, Phase I of the park was completed with funding from Metro, which included re-contouring the northern portion of the Park, and the construction of the Klein Point Overlook. Remaining phases of the parks design include an amphitheater, a childrens play area, an additional restroom facility, and a plaza with a cascading fountain. A capital campaign is also underway to attract private donations to fund these phases.
Mayor Jeremy Ferguson thanked regional partners for supporting the citys effort to reshape its riverfront.
Milwaukies dream of reclaiming its Riverfront Park is starting to take shape, and with the continued support and engagement of our partners at Clackamas County through the Board of Commissioners, the River Health Advisory Board and the Kellogg Good Neighbor Committee, which all supported matching this grant dollar for dollar through the Kellogg Good Neighbor Fund, were going to make this park a reality, Ferguson said.
The Kellogg Good Neighbor Fund was established as part of the wastewater agreement that the city and county signed in 2012, is funded by Milwaukie ratepayers, and pays for projects that improve the relationship between the Kellogg Treatment Plant and its surrounding neighborhood.
Another grant, submitted by the city in April to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for $220,000, would fund further grading of the northern portion of Milwaukie Riverfront Park, relocate the power poles that bisect the site and construct a riverside pathway along the Willamette River. OPRD staff has recommended this project for funding, and the city expects to receive word on final approval in July 2013. Construction of elements funded by this grant would also begin in June 2014.
This grant would tie the boating facilities with the Klein Point Overlook work that was completed as part of Phase I last year, Herrigel said. The riverside trail will welcome park users to view the Willamette and will really knit Milwaukie Riverfront Park together.