July contractors will begin construction of “Klein Point,” the first phase of the park’s plan.
At the end of construction in October, there will be a new entrance to the park near 17th Avenue and McLoughlin Blvd, the northern end of the park to expose views of the Willamette to passing vehicles, bikers and pedestrians, and a new plaza/overlook for viewing Johnson Creek. The power lines will be moved either underground or closer to the street. There will be an opening event at the site to unveil both the overlook and the in-water work that was completed by the Johnson Creek watershed Council earlier in the year at the Confluence of the Creek with the Willamette.
Project manager JoAnn Herrigel recently told City Council that there’s never been so much momentum behind the project and she believes funding can be secured and construction can be completed by 2015.The city expects to obtain the corps of engineers permit for the project by the time Klein point is constructed, removing a major hurdle in the project’s path to completion. -taken from the city of Milwaukie website
The Milwaukie Bay spans 8.5 acres and is between McLoughlin Blvd and the Willamette River between the mouths of Johnson Creek and Kellogg Creek. The total project cost is just shy of 9 million dollars, with over a million committed to the project, mostly being used for phase 1 which is Klein Point. (Part of they money collected includes donations from ODS, Willamette View, Darkhorse, and Thomas Kemper.) The target date to secure funds for the project is June 2014, shooting for a Spring 2015 completion.
A few hilites of the Riverfront plan:
-The power lines will be moved either underground as well as some moved closer to the street.
-Pedestrian bridge will be put in by the dam.
-Parking will be moved by the sewage plant.
-The green fence by the dam/water plant will be removed and a clear one put in so as to not obscure the view.
-It will include a plaza and a play area.
So. Where is Klein Point?
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