Completed Projects

The Port has teamed with its City and County partners on many projects throughout its history. Here are some highlights from recent years.

Vista Field Phase One Infrastructure

Vista Field water features and landscaping that were completed during the phase one infrastructure work.

Port of Kennewick, with investments from Benton County and City of Kennewick, completed infrastructure for the initial 20 acres at Vista Field in late 2021. The Port is following a community-driven master plan to transform the site into a regional town center.

The phase one work involved constructing utilities, interior roadways, landscaping, civic spaces, a commercial plaza, pond, fountains, a linear park and a water feature. A new street, named Crosswind Boulevard, now connects across the former airfield from Deschutes to Grandridge Boulevard and Canal Drive to create critical access to and through the site.

The Port will act as the master developer, selling land to the private sector for residential, commercial and retail development and using those proceeds to help fund future infrastructure in phases. View the Site Opening event video.

Vista Field is a 103-acre site owned by Port of Kennewick.  The site operated as little-used general aviation airport until December 2013 when it was decommissioned for a higher and better use.  Interesting to note:  Vista Field airport was once used as a training field for Navy pilots during World War II.  Learn more about Vista Field’s ties to WWII history.

Visit the Vista Field website.

Clover Island Shoreline Restoration

Port of Kennewick and its partners have completed the transformation of the Clover Island shoreline.

The massive undertaking stabilized the riverbank, restored shallow water habitat and added upland plantings to benefit upper Columbia River spring Chinook salmon, upper- and mid-Columbia River steelhead and bull trout and provided benefits to other birds, wildlife and aquatic species at Clover Island. Additional improvements included extending the Clover Island Riverwalk path and adding art, interpretive panels, benches, lighting, landscaping, multiple viewpoints and other public amenities. The Port also rebuilt and improved the public boat launch, added paved parking and restrooms and constructed several new buildings, bringing new jobs and business to Clover Island.

Key to the project’s success was 15 years of collaboration, perseverance and pursuit of funding. The improvements were made as a cost-share partnership between Port of Kennewick and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and investments from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Benton County and City of Kennewick.

The shoreline restoration work created four waterfront parcels, which the Port is preparing to lease for private-sector development.

Visit the island year-round to enjoy the new amenities and public artwork. Additionally, you can view the entire public art collection in the Port of Kennewick District and read the story of each installation online. Click the Renewal Progress tab on the Clover Island project page to view additional photos and videos, including before and after pictures.

Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village Phases One & Two

Bicyclists ride along the trail adjacent to the Columbia Gardens winery buildings.

The first two phases of development at Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village are finished.

The work involved constructing four winery buildings and a food truck plaza with a shaded seating area. Crews also added a loop road, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, utilities, an iconic bus shelter and new artwork installations.

Port of Kennewick is now offering shovel-ready parcels at Columbia Gardens for sale or ground lease to encourage private-sector development.

The Port partnered with the City of Kennewick, Benton County and the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee to transform that former industrial neighborhood. The partners designed the destination gathering place that overlooks the interior Columbia River waterfront and scenic pathway to support small businesses, attract private sector investment and expand jobs in the community.


Aerial of Southridge parcels for sale in Kennewick.

Major expansion in Kennewick’s Southridge area was spurred by the Port and City of Kennewick’s multi-year land development efforts.

The Port collaborated with the City of Kennewick to establish a local revitalization financing arrangement (commonly known as tax-increment financing) to support Southridge development. This partnership allowed local tax revenues generated in the revitalization area to fund infrastructure investments at Southridge.

Development at Southridge has boomed including Southridge High School, restaurants, retails shops, single-and multi-family housing, the City of Kennewick sports complex, the Carousel of Dreams, and Trios Health hospital. Hundreds of jobs have been created as a result of development in Southridge, and the area continues to grow.

Wine Estates Development Park

Wine Estates Development Park with Black Heron Spirits sign.

The 15-acre Wine Estates Business Park adjacent to Keene Road is within West Richland city limits and the West Richland Urban Growth Area.

To date, 13 acres have sold with private-sector investment at Wine Estates Development Park currently totaling 61,040 square feet of buildings with an assessed value of $9.7 million.

The Port sold the remaining two, one-acre sites to Benton County Fire Protection District No. 4 to locate its new West Richland fire station. Sale of that property to the fire district will greatly enhance the life, safety and fire protection needs of the residents and businesses of West Richland.

Residents of Benton County passed a bond in August 2018 authorizing the fire district to build a three-bay station in West Richland to serve the rapidly growing western portion of the 52-square-mile fire district. The area is anticipated to have an additional 10,000 to 20,000 residents in that immediate area within the next 20 years.

Spaulding Business Park

Aerial of Spaulding Business Park in Richland.

The last parcel at Spaulding has been sold. The Port and City of Richland teamed to develop the 30-acre business park to promote urban renewal of Richland’s Island View area. The Port of Kennewick and City of Richland teamed on this project and others because the Port’s taxing district encompasses Richland south of the Yakima River.

The initial investment of $2.6 million turned into 218,000 square feet of private-sector buildings worth nearly $53 million in assessed value. And that investment sparked major revitalization in adjacent areas including new apartments, commercial and office buildings in the surrounding neighborhoods, and recognition of the Island View area as a desirable waterfront hub. Private-sector investment at Spaulding supports nearly 500 local jobs.

Supporting Regional Development

Partnerships are an essential part of advancing growth in our community. Port of Kennewick frequently teams with its economic development partners, grant funding agencies and other entities to make a difference throughout the Port District.

Here are some examples of the Port helping to enhance the community and support public safety.