The Port, Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation and The Dalles Kiwanis Club are working on a plan to expand the Klindt Cove Park.
The first stage of the expansion will take shape over the coming year with the help of a $70, 300 grant from the Oregon Parks Department. Total project cost for Phase 1 is $116,500.
“The idea for the expansion started a couple of years ago with a conversation with members of the Klindt family,” says Kathy Norton of the Port, who is spearheading the project. “The Port purchased the Klindt family’s spring onion farm in the 1960s, then developed it into the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area starting in the 1980s.”
The Klindts asked the Port to consider expanding access to the riverfront, which they cherished as children.
The Port has dedicated the lot adjacent to the Klindt Cove Pocket Park, plus a small portion of another lot to the expansion project, about 1.25 acres of land.
Improvements planned in the first stage of expansion include more parking spaces, shade covering for picnic tables, and landscaping of the additional lot, including a butterfly garden and a strolling path.
Tenneson Engineering, working with Antoine Tissot of The Dalles Kiwanis, donated a portion of their services to develop the site plan. Kiwanis has also approved plans to provide new, large masonry sign for the park. Antoine is also exploring other Kiwanis fundraising and grant opportunities to enhance the project.
Scott Baker, Executive Director of Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation, is providing guidance and ongoing input on the project.
“The best thing about it is the partnership with the Port,” Scott says. “Government works best when they work together for the benefit of the community.”
The Parks District will also maintain the expanded park.
“We maintain the park now and will continue to maintain it, and are happy to improve it,” Scott says.
Also planned, either during the first stage or in future stages, are play structures that tie in to the character and history of this spot on the Columbia River. Among the goals of the state grant program is to increase opportunities for active recreation.
More shaded picnic areas, including a rentable shade structure for small parties, could also be in the park’s future.
“We want this to be a place where people can pause on the trail to rest and refresh,” Scott says.