Hood River Waterfront Gets New Park at Nichols Basin

Lot 1

There are exciting things happening at the Hood River Waterfront! The Port of Hood River is continuing to work on the development of Lot 1 and Nichols Basin in the heart of Hood River’s Waterfront. This spring, HRVRC Executive Director Heather Staten was on the advisory committee that developed preliminary plans for the design of a 2-acre park and walking trail along the west shore of Nichols Basin. The Port recently received a $445,000 state grant for the park and trail. Construction is slated to start this winter.

In July, the City of Hood River and Port will embark on a Waterfront Plan Refinement process to craft new zoning codes for much of the waterfront. They will consider:

  • the balance between employment lands, recreation spaces and habitat
  • vehicular and non-vehicular transportation
  • building height, setbacks from river, design standards, view sheds
  • acceptable uses in each zone
  • parks and trails
  • environmental impacts, such as storm water

The refinement plan is a legislative action that will include an advisory group and public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. HRVRC has a long history of engagement on waterfront issues going back to the early 1980s when we produced a mixed use plan. Just last year, we participated on a Port advisory committee and Board members Nick Kraemer and Heather Staten prepared a Lot 1 and Nichols Basin Development Concepts  report advocating development that balances economic development, public recreation and stewardship of the environment.