The Port of Kalama next week commences short-term construction and renovation projects to enhance the guest experience at riverfront recreational areas. The projects, which will impact areas around Ahles Point, Louis Rasmussen and Marine Parks, and Hendrickson Drive starting September 16th, focus on beach ‘nourishment’ and renovation, sewer main project, and road and parking improvements including 117 new parking spaces.

All parks will remain open but visitors should expect intermittent lane and facility closures to accommodate work.

Beach Nourishment Project

As part of routine maintenance dredging, new sand will be placed on the beaches near Ahles Point. The fishing beach at the south end of Rasmussen Park to Ahles Point will be closed beginning Saturday, September 16th for about two weeks while the sand is placed and spread over the beach. The last beach nourishment project was conducted in the mid-1980s.

Hendrickson Drive Project

To improve roadways and parking facilities, new asphalt will be placed on Hendrickson Drive under the Oak Street overpass at Exit 30 as well as from the north end of the marina to the south end of Ahles Point, and rock berms will be removed between Marine Park and the railroad.

Storm water rain gardens and 117 new parking spaces are included in this facility improvement project.

Parks will remain open but visitors should expect intermittent lane and crosswalk closures. The Port encourages park guests to call 360-673-2325 to schedule events.

Force Main Sewer Project

Extension of the sanitary sewer line will take place from Ahles Point to the restrooms at Louis Rasmussen Park.  Intermittent closure of Rasmussen Park restrooms may be necessary during the project.

“It’s that time of year we need to act on outdoor renovation and improvement projects for the facilities we enjoy here,” said Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama. “All of these projects are part of the Port’s effort to maintain and improve Port recreational facilities for visitors, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We urge the public to call the Port with any questions or concerns and please visit the Port of Kalama Facebook page for posted updates on the projects.”

For more information call 360-673-2325 or visit us at Facebook for updates and notices.

Contact: Liz Newman, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2325