Phase I expansion of Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park, including parking lot expansion and seeding in the new park area, should start in a month or two thanks to the help of several community partners.
A number of The Dalles residents told us that as we are developing the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area, they want us to preserve and improve river access.
“Members of the Klindt family, which owned the property until the 1960s and lived on the property until the 1980s, had fond memories of visiting the old spring onion farm that was operated on the property,” says Project Manager Kathy Norton. “They remembered playing by the river and visiting their grandparents in the old farmhouses.”
The Port dedicated the one-acre commercial/recreational lot adjacent to the park for the expansion project and Project Coordinator Kathy Norton secured a $70,000 Oregon Parks grant to get the project started.
Since then, several partners have helped move the park along:
- The Dalles Kiwanis has helped with planning and by securing donations
- North Wasco County Parks & Recreation has also helped with planning and will provide ongoing care and maintenance of the expanded facility
- Tenneson Engineering provided an in-kind donation of half the cost of their preliminary engineering services
- The City of The Dalles waived its permitting fees for this community project
Later phases of the project will include:
- more active play facilities
- covered picnic and reservable event shelters
- heated year-round restrooms
- a butterfly garden
- quiet areas to stroll and enjoy the scenery