Once an airfield in Kennewick, Vista Field set to be transformed

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Once a municipal airport, Vista Field in Kennewick, closed down in 2013.

In the years following, city and county officials have worked to create a plan for the 103-acres. Soon, Vista Field will become a pedestrian-focused town center with neighborhoods and urban lifestyle amenities.

On June 16, the Port of Kennewick and Vista Field’s investment partners, along with the city and Benton County, are inviting everyone to a grand opening for the Vista Field urban town center.

The celebration kicks off at 2:30 PM with entertainment, food trucks, and music. Attendees will be among the first to walk the streamside promenade and drive across the new Crosswind Boulevard.

In addition to the festivities, attendees will be invited to check out Vista Field’s public amenities including fountains, pedestrian bridges, a pond, commercial plaza, tree-filled landscaping and more.

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Following the opening ceremony, Kennewick Fire Department’s new Vista Field Station No. Three will be open for tours.

So what exactly can we expect to find in Vista Field as it’s developed?

Officials with the project say it will blend mixed-use neighborhoods with urban amenities. The Port of Kennewick is following a community-driven master plan with the goal of transforming the area into a vibrant town center.

The Port says it’s at the commercial core of the Tri-Cities, near the Columbia Center Mall and adjacent to the City of Kennewick’s Vista Entertainment District, which includes the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center.

They said once the entire site is finished, economic projections indicate there will be nearly 1,000 residential units, 740,000 square feet of commercial space, more than $500 million in private-sector investment, $51 million in new infrastructure, $408 million in new (taxable) buildings, and 3,380 jobs.

KAPP KVEW will have coverage of this event but if you’d like to attend, you’re asked to RSVP to POK@portofkennewick.org.