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The Port of Camas-Washougal asked BergerABAM to develop a plan for increased waterfront access. The waterfront park and trail that resulted are located near the Port offices and marina and extend approximately 0.7 mile east along the Columbia River. The 12-foot-wide multiuse trail runs along the shoreline, and includes a trailhead parking area, restroom, picnic shelter, gathering spaces, and plazas. The large lawn serves as seating, and there is a stage area for concerts and festivals. When not in use for special events, this large green open space delivers opportunities for passive recreational and informal play. Viewpoints and seating areas along the trail afford scenic views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood.
The existing log ramp, a feature of the historic lumber mill operations at this site, was repurposed as a nonmotorized boat launch and an informal water access area. Site development incorporates public art, stormwater management, low-maintenance native vegetation, and efficient irrigation for shoreline restoration. With access to nearby trails and open space, the trail connects the Port, Camas, Washougal, and the Columbia River Gorge. BergerABAM completed the master plan in 2013, an effort that included working closely with stakeholders and the community and services that included natural resource assessment, trail planning, park design, public involvement and outreach, and cost estimating. BergerABAM worked with the Port to prepare and submit grant applications for project funding and completed final engineering and permitting.