HDCA hopes landing project can be rolled into bridge renovation project.

by Richard Uhlhorn

At last week’s Chelan City Council meeting, Erin McCardle, the new executive director (also a city council member) of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA), gave a short presentation of the Council regarding the progress on the Landing Project.

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The Landing area adjacent to the old Woodin Avenue Bridge will also be undergoing improvements during the upcoming bridge renovation project this spring.

The Landing is area on the northwest side of the old Woodin Avenue bridge that goes down to the City dock. Presently, it is unimproved and the HDCA has joined with the City and Lake Chelan Rotary to improve the access for visitors and residents.

The City Dock is used as a short boat moorage area for boaters to visit the downtown area for lunch and shopping. Over the years it has also become a fishing spot for local and visiting kids. Joe Heinlen, a local fishing guide helps kids learn to fish off the dock during the summer months on Wednesdays. It also lends access to just enjoy the lake, sunsets, and boat traffic.

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Erin McCardle, executive director of the HDCA gave a short presentation to Chelan City Council on the Landing Project that the City has donated $75,000 to.

“The community support for this project has been tremendous,” said McCardle. Her hope is that the improvement project can be coordinated with the Woodin Avenue Bridge project slated to begin this April. “We would like to roll the two projects together,” said McCardle. “Our goal at the end of the day is to have the bridge and park opening at the same time.”

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This sign depicts what the HDCA hopes the end product will look like.

So far the project has received $75,000 from the City, $50,000 from from the community, and $20,000 from HDCA, but still needs $41,000 to go forward. The additional $41,000 is for a new retaining wall. “This is for a new retaining wall that was identified late in the project,” said McCardle. The HDCA has sent a letter to the PUD for some financial help with the retaining wall.

For more information on how to donate to this project, call the HDCA at 682-4322 or Email them at HDCA@nwi.net

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