The Riverwalk concept came out of a community visioning process that began in 2013. Through the years, thousands of Oregonians have given their input to shape the values and vision of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk. 


What’s been done: 

  • 2011: The Blue Heron mill at Willamette Falls closed.

  • 2011: Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon began collaborating to plan for the future of Willamette Falls and listen to the community. 

  • 2014: The official public partnership—Willamette Falls Legacy Project—was created to secure public access to the Falls for future generations. 

  • 2015: The design team of SnøhettaMayer/Reed and DIALOG began the design and public engagement process, engaging thousands of Oregonians to help shape the Riverwalk design.

  • 2017: Phase One designs were unveiled.

  • 2018: Willamette Falls Legacy Project released an RFP for design/build teams.

What’s happening now: 

  • Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners are in negotiations with a design/build team to make the Riverwalk a reality. Construction planning is currently in the works. 

  • Willamette Falls Trust is gathering support from people across the region to complement the public-sector investment and fund Phase One of the Riverwalk

What’s Next:

  • 2020: Groundbreaking and construction will begin on the first phase of the Riverwalk. 

  • 2022 and beyond: Construction will continue on future phases, including the new Downtown District at the Blue Heron Paper Mill site.