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Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach

Washougal, Washington

Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach encompasses 75 acres of sand beach and forested uplands and 3,500 feet of shoreline along the Columbia River. At the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge in southeast Clark County, the park’s location is historically significant. BergerABAM prepared a master plan for the development of a regional park on the site. The 12-month master planning process involved Clark County, the Port of Camas-Washougal, the cities of Camas and Washougal, federal and state agencies, community residents and organizations, recreation groups, and other interested citizens. Seven replica canoes, made of concrete and expertly hand-tooled by skilled craftsmen, were placed at the park. The canoes resemble the pine log canoes that were used by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as well as the cedar canoes typical of the Chinookan native people. The award-winning design of this park results from a collaborative effort that involved community members, multiple jurisdictions, architects, designers, developers, and builders. Users say, “With a beach leading to the Columbia River, a several-mile dike for running, walking, bicycling, or horseback riding, historical notes in several places, and tons of natural beauty; it’s a great place.” The park received the 2008 Community Pride Design Award and the 2006 Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association Award for Special Applications Artistic Merit, which recognizes the design and construction of seven replica canoes placed at the park.

Services Provided by BergerABAM: 
  • Waterfront Master Planning
  • Community Visioning
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Coordination
  • Stakeholder and Public Facilitation
  • Environmental Assessment and Permitting
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Grant and Funding Assistance