Waterfront Revitalization: Kalama
The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded a $1.06-million construction contract for its so-called Marine Drive Trail Improvement Project. The work will enhance pathways, landscaping and beautify the port’s riverfront marina parkway. The project is adjacent to the Columbia River and the port marina area and comports with the commitment "to enhance public recreational opportunities" inscribed in the port’s mission statement. The port received a $30,000 grant from Cowlitz County to pay for a portion of the work.
As a proactive measure, the contractor will be using 100 percent water-soluble, biodegradable hydraulic fluid in its equipment – completely carbon and oil free to fully protect the environment and waterways. To reduce any carbon footprint associated with the project, the contractor has also committed to buying all products within 100 miles of the Port of Kalama. All subcontractors on the project have been hired locally as well.
"The pathways have become a very popular recreational destination for pedestrians and bicyclists, while the marina is a busy hub for boating and fishing," said Port Executive Director Mark Wilson. "These improvements will further enhance the safety for all who use the port’s recreation facilities."
Rendering of the Marine Drive Trail Improvement
Source/Port of Kalama