Successful Government and Private Partnership – Oregon`s Chinook Landing project, USA

Chinook Landing Marina Park located on the Columbia River near the City of Portland (population 1.8 million) is an outstanding model for successful government and private partnerships. The City of Portland (The Rose City) is located in the Northwest corner of Oregon, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The 45 acre marine…

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Chinook Landing Marina Park located on the Columbia River near the City of Portland (population 1.8 million) is an outstanding model for successful government and private partnerships. The City of Portland (The Rose City) is located in the Northwest corner of Oregon, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The 45 acre marine park, completed in October, 1991, for $4.4 million, features state-of-the-art design and offers tremendous opportunities for recreational boaters to gain access to one of Oregon`s pristine waterways, the Columbia River. Forming a common border between Oregon and the State of Washington, the river is navigable for 1,000+ miles, from the Pacific Ocean to the Canadian Border. This public marine facility developed by the Oregon State Marine Board (state) represents one of the largest public boating access projects ever completed in Oregon to date. The facility features a six lane launch ramp with 600ft of boarding floats, 120ft of transient tie-up floats with a sewage pumpout, 300 car/trailer and 75 single car parking area, large restroom, picnic area with a river viewing platform, Sheriff Marine Patrol station, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and 28 acre conservation site which includes a 13 acre created freshwater wetland mitigation area. The paper will highlight the six-year development history including unique design and construction elements with special emphasis on land acquisition, joint wetlands mitigation, and funding cooperation between federal, state, local, and private entities. A model partnership with many innovative concepts. The Chinook Landing project was honoured by the American League of Anglers and Boaters (ALAB) in October, 1992, as the best example of a public boating access project nationwide. The project also received several state awards, including the Consulting Engineers Design Excellence Award.

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