The Cities of Richland and Kennewick believe that adding the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center to the west of Columbia Park would be a great addition. However the addition will only happen is it is financially possible to do it. The cities have hired Berger ABAM, a consultant, to help them find alternatives. There are two alternatives being considered, one is with the center and one is without. One of the Richland councilwomen, Sandra Kent, says that adding the interpretive center to the park will only be a good idea if it is financially feasible; Kent does not want the city to be financially at risk. There are other council members who share Kent’s concern. David Rose, a city councilman, was hoping for more private enterprise than what is included in either of the plans. Currently both of the plans include lawn, a disc golf course, natural trails, group picnic areas, riverside trails, a ropes course, camping areas, an environmental playground and a large building for community events. There will be areas for food trucks to park and rentals for activities for activities like kayaking. Rose was hoping for more little shops and boardwalks but the Army Corps of Engineers controls what is allowed, like restaurants or shops. The cities are waiting for approval from the Army Corps of Engineers on the plan, this should come next week.
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