Austin Point Draft Recreational Plan was provided to the Port Commission in January. This plan is to incorporate the public’s feedback into what type of amenities are desired that meet the zoning and land protection requirements of the properties. There are three zones within the draft plan: North Point, Central Point and South Point.

The North Point incorporates the conditions of seasonal and daily flow of the Columbia River with more natural but accessible trails by foot. There will be a paved parking lot, restroom facilities, and look outs with benches. Access to North Point will be restricted from vehicles due to the sensitivity of the wetlands and the berm protecting the Central area.

Central Point will incorporate river access with pull in pull out trailer access, shoreline fishing, fish cleaning station, restrooms, playground, off-leash fenced dog park, trails and picnic areas. Parking configurations will be modified to incorporate truck/trailer parking and passenger vehicles. Due to the concerns with illegal access and damage to the berms, access in front of West Coast Training will be limited to walk in- no vehicles. Over the years, vehicles attempting to cut into the berm area have undermined the berm and have caused significant river water to enter WCT facilities during high flow periods. The berms are erected and maintained by the Federal US Corps of Engineers for dredge placement. This also protects the school from damage.

South Point had limited options for improvements due to the majority of the area classified as wetlands. This area will provide for trails of a mix of asphalt and boardwalk system to provide for the aquatic and wildlife that may be within the area. Approximately 13 acres of the South Point is designated protected. Trail systems will be wide enough for both biking, horse and walkers with different trails and access. Lookouts of the Columbia and Lewis will be integrated with benches, picnic and pavilions, along with flora and fauna markers. Fencing between the Port’s property and neighboring private property will be erected to limit access.

All areas of parking will have an electronic gate with a timed sensor. Security of the areas will be also addressed to ensure no overnight camping or illegal activities for all attempts to make it a family friendly area.

The final draft will be presented to the Port Commission in March and cost estimates will be provided. These cost estimates will assist the port is seeking state recreational grants.