Port of Kennewick receives state grant to finish Clover Island renovations

Port of Kennewick receives state grant to finish Clover Island renovations

The Port of Kennewick is all about reclaiming the Columbia shoreline for the community. After receiving a grant from the state this week, they are now looking to finish a project that’s been in the works for nearly 10 years.

When you first drive on to Clover Island, you see the beautiful landscape and walkway on the west causeway. Then once you go further down, that beautiful landscape turns into gravel and the walkway abruptly stops.

Tana Bader-Inglima, the Port of Kennewick Deputy CEO, said this is because years ago after phase one of the project was completed, they ran out of money to finish it.

Now, however, with the new $500,000 state grant, the Port has enough money to match it along with $3.5 million from the Army Corps of Engineers to continue the project.

Phase two will add vegetation onto the north side of the island facing Pasco and expand the walkway for the public to continue to enjoy using.

“We heard over and over again from the citizens that they want better access to the Columbia river, Bader said. “We are making the investments to give them back the waterfront.”

Designs will begin later this year and construction is expected to be completed in 2020.