New parkway trails, landscaping and parking facilities are coming soon to the Port of Kalama at the north end of Marine Drive. The plans call for tree-lined berms, rain gardens, improved parking and walking trails along the Columbia River.
The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked.
Visitors will still have access to Marine and Rasmussen parks and parking facilities. During construction, drivers will be advised of temporary routes and parking via signage on the premises. The contract also has provisions that allow construction to be suspended during the peak spring fishing season when the boat launch and parking are heavily used.
Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project. The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by late summer.
“The pathways have become a very popular recreational destination for pedestrians and bicyclists, while the marina is a busy hub for boating and fishing. These improvements will further enhance the safety for all who use the Port’s recreational facilities,” says Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Port of Kalama. “We thank Cowlitz County for their contribution to the project.”