Yesterday, we learned that the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde signed a purchase and sale agreement with Falls Legacy, LLC, the company that owns the land with the planned location of the future Willamette Falls Riverwalk.
While the purchase is not yet final, here’s what’s happening at Willamette Falls:
The development of the Riverwalk can proceed even if there is a land sale. With a construction contractor signed, Riverwalk Phase 1 construction remains scheduled to begin in spring 2020, with completion in spring 2022.
The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde have been a strong partner on the future first phase of the Riverwalk project, actively participating in the project’s Native American Advisory Board and engaging with programming and interpretation planning as the project has advanced.
This project has been strengthened by the participation of the tribes and tribal organizations active on the project – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
We remain committed to working closely with sovereign tribal governments to realize a new vision for Willamette Falls, alongside federal, state, regional and local governments and the local community.
We look forward to creating a place that centers the site’s cultural heritage and practices and creates opportunities for public access to Willamette Falls. Thank you for your continued support.