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Clover Island--a Columbia River Destination Waterfront

The Port of Kennewick is engaged in urban renewal efforts to transform Kennewick's Clover Island into an urban waterfront destination for the region.  The Gathering Place project, completed in August 2017, created new commercial mixed-use development opportunities overlooking the marina harbor. That project involved extending the sidewalk/boardwalk between the Clover Island Marina and West Marina Professional Building parking lots--providing public access to the south side of the island overlooking the marina harbor.  And two bronze statues, "The Exchange" by artist Rodd Ambroson were installed within The Gathering Place--a setting especially designed to share the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation's history, culture, and tradition of gathering tule reeds within the area now known as Clover Island. 

In 2016, the Port made improvements to the boat launch area including: constructing a new public restroom, paving the boat launch parking for vehicles and boat trailers, adding landscaping, drinking fountain (including water bottle fill valve and doggie bowl), another public artwork, a scenic overlook, picnic areas and public seating.  The Port owns the island and is working to enhance the shoreline environment and create a pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk along the entire shoreline.  The Port constructed several new buildings bringing new jobs and business to Clover Island.  In addition, the port has added public art and built a 62-foot-tall lighthouse with a beautiful, 15,000-square-foot public plaza that has been used for weddings, community events, and senior class portraits and prom photos. The lighthouse plaza is the perfect  place to watch the sun set over the Columbia.  Vacant parcels are available for commercial develoment, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is exploring additional shoreline improvements.  Future improvement plans are detailed below.  [The best compliments are always unsolicited...view what others are saying about the Clover Island Improvements in a beautiful video].

The Gathering Place, including The Exchange artwork installation dedicated 8.4.17The Gathering Place, including The Exchange artwork installation dedicated 8.4.17

Additional sites are available for one, two or three-story mixed-use commercial development as indicated on the image below.  The port is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to enhance the shoreline with native plantings and a recreational pathway that will improve public access to the water and benefit numerous wildlife species (read more).  In 2017, the Port removed its former office building from the northwest corner of the island to create a future buildable commercial site with residential opportunities, and also transformed a former pumphouse into a scenic overlook.  For information about building, leasing or bringing your business to Clover Island please contact Amber Hanchette, director of real estate and operations at 509-586-1186.

New boat houses have been constructed; and the Clover Island Yacht Club has expanded their membership and recently replaced their covered moorage to complement the architecture established at the public marina.  







The image to the right below shows the 16-acre Clover Island as it appears today superimposed over the original, 162-acreClover Island as it was before McNary Dam was built.  The image below left shows Clover Island as it exists today with a beautiful public marina, as well as the the levee that was built to protect the community from flooding when the Columbia River was impounded behind McNary Dam. 

The nature pond behind the levee was actually the original Columbia River shoreline before the dam was built--that area is part of Kennewick's historic and industrial waterfront which the port is working to transform as part of the Columbia Drive Redevelopment project.


Port of Kennewick Clover Island Shoreline Improvements Plan (HDJ) 
Clover Island Master Plan (Makers)
Port of Kennewick Comprehensive Plan and Comp Plan Amendment
Clover Island shorelines and recreational amenities 30% design overview
Village at Island Harbor proposed plans (public use recreational amenities project goes to bid Jan of 2016)
Columbia Drive Wine Village construction plans (land adjacent to Clover Island--out to bid 12.14.15)
Clover Island boat launch construction plans (public use recreational amenities -- upland construction substantially complete 12.11.15 with inwater work (separate contract/project) being completed by May 2016)
Rivershore Master Plan 2012 (regional) 
YPTC Charrette (includes Rivershore Enhancement)
VisitTri-Cities (TCVCB) Strategic Plan (includes Rivershore Enhancement)
Letters of support for 2010 RCO Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account for Clover Island's East Causeway
Letters of support for 2010 RCO Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account for Clover Island's North Shoreline
Letters of support for 2008 RCO Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account for Clover Island's West Causeway
Fish Habitat support letter from WSDFWS for 2012 RCO ALEA grant application
CTUIR BOT Chair Les Minthorn support letter 6.29.12
CTUIR DNR Quaempts support letter 1.22.09
CTUIR Chair Antone Minthorn support letter 12.15.08
Clover Island shoreline letters of support (state-local-private businesses)
Media stories showing community support (2008 to 2013)
Media stories showing community support (2014 to 2015)
2015 State of the Ports video (includes Clover Island and Columbia Drive)
2014 State of the Ports video (includes Clover Island and Columbia Drive)
Clover Island--creating a waterfront destination video 
Columbia Drive--revitalizing historic downtown Kennewick video
Columbia Drive 2009 Arculus Conceptual Plan 
Columbia Drive 2010 Arculus Plan Phase 2a final
Columbia Drive Pattern Language Final with attachments
City of Kennewick's Bridge to Bridge, River to Railroad Master Plan 2015
Bridge to Bridge, River to Railroad Master Plan 2003
Columbia Drive port-ownership (two maps)
Waterfront Revitalization/Recreation Clover Island & Columbia Drive 2015 powerpoint