The City of Washougal is pleased to announce that the Washington Legislature has provided the City $750,000 out of the 2018 State Supplemental Capital Budget for the replacement of the Steamboat Landing Park dock, located at 100 South Washougal River Road on the Columbia River. The highly popular Washougal amenity was damaged during winter storms in early 2017 and is now closed to the public until it can be replaced.
City leaders requested legislative funding support this session for the estimated $1.5M dock replacement project. The 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget, including $750,000 for the dock replacement, was approved on March 8, 2018 and will go into effect immediately upon signing by Governor Jay Inslee. The City continues to investigate additional funding options including the settlement of an insurance claim related to the damage the dock sustained during the winter storms.
Washougal Mayor Molly Coston notes, “We are very grateful for the Legislature’s support of our project and thank all of the Southwest Washington legislators for their role in passing the budget. I want to express special thanks to Senator Ann Rivers and Representative Brandon Vick for their partnership and hard work on behalf of important projects in our community. The Steamboat Landing dock is a spectacular feature and great asset not only to the Washougal community, but the Southwest Washington region. We look forward to replacing it for our residents and visitors who have been patiently waiting to enjoy it once again.”
The City is working on getting the necessary permits and approvals for the new dock and anticipates replacement will begin in late 2018 when the in-water work window opens up.
About Steamboat Landing Park
Steamboat Landing Park provides pedestrian access to several points of interest. Visitors can stroll a floating boardwalk on the Columbia River that leads to an elevated observation deck with vast views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood and Oregon. A peaceful wooded trail provides an alternate short cut to the deck. Visitors can also access the US Corps of Engineers levee trail (used by walkers, bicycles and horses), leading to Captain William Clark Park at Cotton Wood Beach and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge trail. In February 2010, the opening of the SR-14 Pedestrian Tunnel provided seamless access between the downtown Washougal district and the Columbia River.
Contact: David Scott, City Administrator (360) 835-8501 ext. 102