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. 

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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:

  • Spring 2020: Riverwalk groundbreaking and construction will begin. 

  • Spring 2022: Phase One of the Riverwalk will be complete.

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

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