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PGE reopening Promontory Park Marina in May

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Updates to Promontory Park Marina include new docks and a canoe and kayak launch. The park was closed for two years while Portland General Electric worked on fish passage and recreational improvements.

Just in time for the summer recreation season, the Promontory Park Marina in the North Fork reservoir is scheduled to reopen May 21 after a two-year closure.

The marina closed while Portland General Electric worked on projects to facilitate Clackamas River fish passage and make recreation improvements.

Now floating near the North Fork Dam, a surface passage built in the Promontory Park Marina allows salmon and steelhead to swim through a pipe that bypasses the North Fork, Faraday and River Mill dams to continue their journey downstream.

The surface collector and is part of a relicensing agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to continue operating hydroelectric projects on the Clackamas. The relicensing agreement included several recreational improvements, as well.

In order to improve the flow of boat traffic, the boat launch area has been expanded and there is a new kayak and canoe launch area.

“We wanted to give non motorized vehicles their own space,” said Lindsay Smith of PGE.

There are also new docks, an expanded patio area and six cabins have been installed in the campground.

Smith hopes these improvements will improve visitors’ experience. “It will have a better look and feel,” Smith said.

The marina’s restaurant will be operated by Jae Chun of Estacada's Get and Go. Chun estimates the restaurant can seat 60 people. Its menu will include seafood, sushi, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken teriyaki.

Chun is particularly excited about the restaurant's outdoor seating and firepit.

“People can sit outside and enjoy their meal and drink,” he said. “I think it will be very different.”

Chun hopes the marina becomes a place for concerts, festivals and tournaments for water sports.

“It will have a tremendous influence on Estacada,” he said. “People will come for entertainment, accommodations and convenience. It will be a great venue.”

City manager Denise Carey is also excited to see the park reopen.

“It’s definitely been missed,” she said. “It’s great that it will be open again, and bigger and better.”

She thinks the updated park will appeal to a variety of interests.

“Even if you aren’t a boat person, you’ll be able to go and enjoy the scenery in (the restaurant’s) outdoor area,” she said. “I think it will be great to be able to sit and enjoy the river with friends.”

Chun believes the new park will bring visitors to town and "really put Estacada on the map.”

“It will be phenomenal,” he said.

PGE will celebrate the park’s reopening with a celebration May 21. The free event will feature lunch, speakers and live music.

“We want people to re-experience the park and see the improvements,” said PGE spokesman Steve Corson.

Chun encourages everyone to stop by once the park reopens.

“It’s important for people to know that it’s local and it’s theirs,” Chun said. “It really is for the community.”

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