The Willamette Falls Legacy Project is a collaborative partnership between Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon. Carlotta Colette, Metro Councilor for District 2 calls the Willamette Falls Legacy Project one of Oregon’s most important public space projects. “It will give Oregonians and visitors an up-close experience of one the most beautiful and significant places in the state—a place that the general public has not been able to access for 150 years.”
Settlers in Oregon City used the falls to power a series of industrial facilities, including woolen, flour and paper mills. After the Blue Heron paper mill closed in 2011, Metro, Oregon City, Clackamas County and the State of Oregon formed the Willamette Falls Legacy Project to create a public riverwalk for people to view Willamette Falls. It will be built on a portion of the 22-acre site, and planners want to establish a public-private strategy to spur redevelopment of the entire site, which is privately owned by Falls Legacy LLC.
Since 2013, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project has collected the input of thousands of community members from across the state in public meetings, events and surveys, using this feedback to guide a process that culminated in the unveiling of riverwalk design.
Groundbreaking and the start of construction for the riverwalk is expected to begin in 2018. Construction of Phase I of the riverwalk is expected to be completed in 2022.
“This is a game-changer for our community. We are opening up a spectacular place to people, and when they come, it will mean new opportunities for our businesses and residents.” —Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay
The final concept designs will be available for public viewing Saturday, June 3rd, at OMSI at the Willamette Falls Riverwalk Design Celebration